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Carn an Fheidh, long cairn

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Latitude: 57.9118 / 57°54'42"N

Longitude: -4.093 / 4°5'34"W

OS Eastings: 276086

OS Northings: 893292

OS Grid: NH760932

Mapcode National: GBR J78T.7W4

Mapcode Global: WH4DF.3D6M

Entry Name: Carn an Fheidh, long cairn

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5483

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Dornoch

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Traditional County: Sutherland


This monument is a long cairn on the edge of a S-facing slope in a forestry plantation. The monument consists of two distinct cairns of bare stone, connected by a band of rubble; it appears likely that these form a single long cairn about 27m from NNW-SSE, with the broader end to the SSE. The cairn to the SSE is oval and measures about 21m NW-SE by 18m NE-SW, and 2m in maximum height. It is disturbed in places, but the centre is intact and there is no trace of a chamber.

About 5m to the NNW lies a second cairn, which is about 12m in diameter and 1m high. The area to be scheduled measures 80m NNW-SSE by 55m ESE-WNW, to include the long cairn and an area around in which traces of activities conected with the construction and use of the cairn may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric religious beliefs and burial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 79 SE 1 and 2

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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