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Lochbuie, cairn 460m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.3593 / 56°21'33"N

Longitude: -5.8617 / 5°51'42"W

OS Eastings: 161555

OS Northings: 725250

OS Grid: NM615252

Mapcode National: GBR CCXX.7TP

Mapcode Global: WGZFF.XFW7

Entry Name: Lochbuie, cairn 460m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 11 March 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10850

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: kerb cairn

Location: Torosay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a kerb cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a stony mound. 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 monument lies in the SE of the Isle of Mull, some 950m W of the head of Loch Uisg. It consists of a kerb cairn measuring 6.5m in diameter and standing 0.6m high. The cairn has been damaged by stone-robbing and other disturbance in antiquity, but the stone-built kerb is still relatively well preserved around the N and S sides.

On the SE edge of the cairn two stones are set at right-angles to the line of the kerb, forming a 'false portal' arrangement, which is an unusual feature for this monument type. The largest kerb-stone, immediately N of the 'portal', stands 0.7m high.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material is likely to survive. It is circular in shape and 20m in diameter, 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 an understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Although it has suffered some disturbance, it retains good archaeological potential and its 'portal' arrangement is unusual. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM62NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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