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Acharn Bridge, kerb-cairn 120m ENE of Acharn

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.59 / 56°35'23"N

Longitude: -5.7439 / 5°44'38"W

OS Eastings: 170224

OS Northings: 750499

OS Grid: NM702504

Mapcode National: GBR DC69.FR5

Mapcode Global: WH0FG.QMZF

Entry Name: Acharn Bridge, kerb-cairn 120m ENE of Acharn

Scheduled Date: 17 January 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7794

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: kerb cairn

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a small burial cairn of prehistoric date with an area around it in which cremation burials have been found.

The cairn lies on an elevated area of land between two rivers, the Abhainn Ghlinne Ghil and the Black Water, lying only 15m from the latter. It comprises a substantial kerbed cairn about 10m in diameter, standing to a height of 0.3m. Several stones of the kerb are still in position around the NW arc of the cairn. Some years ago two pits containing cremations were found nearby, 3m to the E and 4.5m to the SW. It is very likely that more such burial pits survive around the cairn

Cairns such as this are funerary monuments dating to the early Bronze Age, and the nearby cremations are likely to be of similar date.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 40m in diameter to include the cairn and an area around it, including that in which cremations have been found and in which more are 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 because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 75 SW 2.


RCAHMS (1980) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona), 48, No. 7, Edinburgh.

Ritchie, J. N. G. and Thornber, I. (1977) 'Small cairns in Argyll: some recent work (i) Cairns in the Aline valley, Morvern, Argyll', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, Vol. 106, 17-18, 26.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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