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Scotsburn Wood, cairn 910m ENE of Scotsburn House

A Scheduled Monument in Tain and Easter Ross, Highland

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Latitude: 57.7624 / 57°45'44"N

Longitude: -4.1381 / 4°8'17"W

OS Eastings: 272890

OS Northings: 876757

OS Grid: NH728767

Mapcode National: GBR J846.K7G

Mapcode Global: WH4F5.D5Q2

Entry Name: Scotsburn Wood, cairn 910m ENE of Scotsburn House

Scheduled Date: 18 March 1971

Last Amended: 14 February 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2916

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Logie Easter

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Tain and Easter Ross


The monument comprises a large round burial cairn, almost certainly of prehistoric date, located within extensive forestry plantations. It was scheduled in 1971, but the scheduling inadvertantly included part of a forest road, where no archaeolgical remains will survive. This re-scheduling excludes the road.

The cairn survives as a large mound of loose stone, about 13m in diameter. There is a a slight depression on the top, indicating either a collapsed chamber or some unrecorded early excavation.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle 30m across but excluding a part of the circle cut chord-wise from its S side, where a forestry road runs close to the cairn. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively well preserved example of a burial cairn which may have escaped serious disturbance since its construction. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual and funerary practices and also environmental evidence relating to contemporary vegetation and land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NH 77 NW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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