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Moss Farm,cairn 870m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.5422 / 55°32'31"N

Longitude: -5.3293 / 5°19'45"W

OS Eastings: 190046

OS Northings: 632646

OS Grid: NR900326

Mapcode National: GBR FG62.5P9

Mapcode Global: WH1MV.3YJN

Entry Name: Moss Farm,cairn 870m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90222

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kilmory

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monument comprises a large kerbed cairn (sometimes also described as a stone circle) which is situated on the S side of the farm track to Moss Farm.

The robbed cairn measures 23m in diameter and stands up to 0.8m high; surrounding it is a kerb of seven upright stones varying in height from 0.8m to 1.3m and an additional five stones, now on their sides. In an act of vandalism, a large chip has recently been removed from the northwesternmost stone. A farm track which formerly ran through the N arc of the cairn has been relocated to the N.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the attached map extract

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has well defined field characteristics and is an unusual form of monument which has the potential to provide information about Bronze Age ritual and funerary practice. It is also situated on the immediate edge of a renowned, dense concentration of related Neolithic and Bronze monuments at Machrie Moor (both domestic and 'ritual') which have great potential to enhance our understanding of one particular landscape and its inhabitants in particular, and prehistoric society in general.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records eth monument as NR 93 SW 3.


Bryce, J. (1863) 'Account of excavations within the stone circle of Arran', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 4, 505, 512.

McLellan, R. (1977) Ancient monuments of Arran: official guide, Edinburgh, 28-30.

Ordnance Survey (1864) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 2, 36.

Piggott, S. and Simpson, W. D. (1970) Illustrated guide to ancient monuments: volume vi: Scotland, Edinburgh, 61.
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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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