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Achnaha, kerb cairn 470m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.541 / 56°32'27"N

Longitude: -5.826 / 5°49'33"W

OS Eastings: 164885

OS Northings: 745329

OS Grid: NM648453

Mapcode National: GBR DC0F.D5N

Mapcode Global: WGZDH.GVYH

Entry Name: Achnaha, kerb cairn 470m SE of

Scheduled Date: 8 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7782

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 cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a turf-covered mound. The monument lies on a terrace immediately to the N of the B849 road, at around 50m OD. It comprises a kerb-cairn measuring approximately 6m in diameter and about 0.5m in height.

The perimeter of the cairn is defined by 16 close-set stones measuring up to about 1m in height. There is a break in the kerb in the S arc. Cairns of this type are funerary monuments, normally dating to the 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 is likely to survive. It is sub-circular measuring about 28m along its straight edge and 20m transversely, bounded on the SSW by a road, which is itself excluded from the present scheduling, 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 an understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 64 NW 5.


County Council of Argyll (1914) List of ancient monuments and historic buildings in the country of Argyll, 6.

RCAHMS (1980) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments 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. 6, Edinburgh.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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