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Low Smerby, four cairns 420m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.4462 / 55°26'46"N

Longitude: -5.5484 / 5°32'54"W

OS Eastings: 175682

OS Northings: 622653

OS Grid: NR756226

Mapcode National: IRL Y3.Q16Y

Mapcode Global: GBR DGP9.TKN

Entry Name: Low Smerby, four cairns 420m SE of

Scheduled Date: 8 April 1975

Last Amended: 10 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3637

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Campbeltown

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a group of four grass-grown cairns, situated together on low ground within 45m of the shore.

The largest cairn measures 13.5m in diameter by 1.5m in height, and has a hollow in the centre where stones have been removed. About 18.5m to the S there are two more cairns 4.5m apart; they measure 8.2m and 6.7m in diameter respectively and are each 0.6m in height. The fourth cairn, which is 23m to the SW, measures 8.5m in diameter and 0.5m in height. In addition, there are two small, stoney mounds among these which may also possibly be ancient.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, and measures 110m from E to W by 70m transversely, to include the cairns and an area around in which associated remains may 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 cairns which were probably used for burial in the Bronze Age and therefore have the potential to provide information about prehistoric burial practices. In addition, the cairns seal old ground surfaces which have the potential to contain information about the past environment.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NR72SE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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