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Bealach Gaothar,ring cairn 700m north west of Largybeg

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4688 / 55°28'7"N

Longitude: -5.0952 / 5°5'42"W

OS Eastings: 204446

OS Northings: 623794

OS Grid: NS044237

Mapcode National: GBR FGS8.4WX

Mapcode Global: WH1NB.PSXX

Entry Name: Bealach Gaothar,ring cairn 700m NW of Largybeg

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4601

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: ring cairn

Location: Kilbride

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monument is a ring cairn, a burial and ceremonial monument of the Bronze Age, some 3500 to 4000 years old. It lies in a large clear area within a coniferous forest. It comprises an earth and stone bank c. 0.4m high with an almost continuous inner face of upright earthfast slabs and traces of an outer kerb. There is an entrance at the SE. Overall, the cairn measures 9m in diameter, with a central space c. 5.5m in diameter. The area to be scheduled measures 30m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its use will survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved ring cairn which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial activities. It is of particular importance because of the rarity of the type in this part of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NS 02 SW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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