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Red Burn, chambered cairn 500m south of Redburn Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Latitude: 57.8222 / 57°49'19"N

Longitude: -4.1434 / 4°8'36"W

OS Eastings: 272783

OS Northings: 883416

OS Grid: NH727834

Mapcode National: GBR J841.NRG

Mapcode Global: WH4DS.BN59

Entry Name: Red Burn, chambered cairn 500m S of Redburn Cottage

Scheduled Date: 24 March 1964

Last Amended: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2395

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Edderton

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton


The monument comprises the remains of a chambered cairn of the "Orkney/Cromarty" type, characteristic of the Neolithic period. The cairn was originally scheduled in 1964, but rescheduling is now necessary to ensure adequate protection of the surviving archaeological remains.

The monument lies on a terrace above the Red Burn at around 125m OD. The cairn is round with a diameter of approximately 22m, although it may originally have been even larger. It is well preserved, standing to a height of about 4m. Three thin slabs exposed on the N side are probably part of the peristalith. Part of the chamber is exposed as three slabs set on edge. The chamber measures about 1.5m in width.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 45m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The elements which comprise the modern field boundary running across the southern section of the scheduled area are specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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