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Beinn Airein, cairn, Muck

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 56.8309 / 56°49'51"N

Longitude: -6.2585 / 6°15'30"W

OS Eastings: 140322

OS Northings: 779138

OS Grid: NM403791

Mapcode National: GBR BBYN.L40

Mapcode Global: WGY9S.TKZP

Entry Name: Beinn Airein, cairn, Muck

Scheduled Date: 29 September 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11009

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn, a burial monument dating from the Neolithic or Early Bronze Age (around 2500 - 1500 BC), visible as a turf covered stony mound.

The cairn lies at 137m OD, prominently situated on the summit of Beinn Airein. It measures 6.5m in diameter and stands 0.5m high. The cairn shows signs of past disturbance.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular on plan and measures 30m in diameter, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract. An Ordnance Survey pillar stands just outside the scheduled area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Despite some disturbance it retains considerable potential to provide important information about Neolithic or early Bronze Age burial practices and contemporary environment and land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NM47NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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