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Balcairn, cairn 350m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5878 / 56°35'15"N

Longitude: -3.4007 / 3°24'2"W

OS Eastings: 314070

OS Northings: 744859

OS Grid: NO140448

Mapcode National: GBR V6.ZZX6

Mapcode Global: WH6PD.QPT3

Entry Name: Balcairn, cairn 350m W of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7285

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kinloch

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a scrub-covered mound.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 55m OD. It consists of a circular mound measuring up to 30m in diameter and about 2.5m in height. The monument is a burial mound of a type characteristic of the Bronze Age.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. The area is circular, with a diameter of 50m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract, that part of tbe circle which would cover the road to the north of the cairn being excluded.

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. It may be expected to contain material relating to its mode of construction and use. It is also of importance because it is likely to preserve a prehistoric ground surface below it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 14 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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