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Rubha Mor, cairn, North Ballachulish

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.6916 / 56°41'29"N

Longitude: -5.1835 / 5°11'0"W

OS Eastings: 205144

OS Northings: 760070

OS Grid: NN051600

Mapcode National: GBR FCL1.0FR

Mapcode Global: WH1GH.B2XG

Entry Name: Rubha Mor, cairn, North Ballachulish

Scheduled Date: 20 July 1973

Last Amended: 7 June 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3289

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Ardgour

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises a large oval pile of stones located in grazed grassland at 10m OD, 110m N of Loch Linnhe. It is partly covered by turf and has a number of mature trees growing around the edges. The monument was first scheduled in 1973 but an inadequate area was included to protect all the archaeological remains: the present scheduling rectifies this.

The monument is oval on plan measuring c24m NW-SE by c20m transversely, and c2m in height. It is built of bare stones and boulders with no kerb or internal features visible, although its full extent is greatly confused by plough damage and vegetation cover. There are four notable depressions in the monument, varying from 2-8m in diameter, and some stones would seem to have been added to the cairn as part of field clearances. A field boundary is built across the northern part of the cairn running E-W.

The area to be scheduled is a rectangle 45m N-S by 35m transversely. This area includes the remains discussed and an area within which evidence for the construction and use of the monument is likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a substantial prehistoric cairn. Although in superficially poor condition it has the potential to provide important information on the ritual practices of the period. Its importance is increased by its close proximity to a number of contemporary monuments and findspots.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The cairn is recorded by RCAHMS as NN06SE 7.


Christison D 1891, 'Excavation of the fort 'Suidhe Chennaidh', Loch Awe: and description of some Argyleshire cairns', PROC SOC ANTIQ SCOT 25, 130.

Christison D 1881, 'On ancient wooden image, found in November last at Ballachulish Peat-Moss', PROC SOC ANTIQ SCOT 15, 161.

Stewart J 1888, 'The Ballachulish goddess' TRANS INVERNESS SCI SOC FLD CLUB Vol. 2, 25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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