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Ardness, cairn 575m south by south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.5338 / 56°32'1"N

Longitude: -5.8026 / 5°48'9"W

OS Eastings: 166275

OS Northings: 744450

OS Grid: NM662444

Mapcode National: GBR DC1G.4WG

Mapcode Global: WGZDP.V10G

Entry Name: Ardness, cairn 575m S by SE of

Scheduled Date: 26 February 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7822

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a stony mound.

The cairn lies in an area of rough grassland at around 10m OD. It comprises a cairn measuring approximately 12m in diameter and standing to a height of about 1.7m. A possible kerb-stone is visible at the SW of the cairn, and a more recent wall has been built around the S perimeter of the cairn.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and may be expected to contain material relating to their mode of construction and use.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 35m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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 similar monuments, potentially of contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 64 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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