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Girnieclett, mound 300m ESE of Mell Head, Stroma

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.6676 / 58°40'3"N

Longitude: -3.135 / 3°8'5"W

OS Eastings: 334265

OS Northings: 976082

OS Grid: ND342760

Mapcode National: GBR L5MT.GMH

Mapcode Global: WH6CG.TDBQ

Entry Name: Girnieclett, mound 300m ESE of Mell Head, Stroma

Scheduled Date: 9 October 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9764

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Canisbay

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises a mound, possibly a prehistoric burial cairn, near the SW shore of Stroma.

This grass-covered mound is clearly man-made, but no details of its construction are visible. It stands about 0.4m high and measures 11m in diameter. It is crossed by a post and wire fence.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 30m across, to include the mound and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use is likely to survive. It is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an apparently undisturbed prehistoric burial cairn, with potential to provide information about prehistoric ritual and funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 37 NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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