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Tullos Cairn, cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Kincorth/Nigg/Cove, Aberdeen City

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Latitude: 57.1278 / 57°7'40"N

Longitude: -2.0693 / 2°4'9"W

OS Eastings: 395902

OS Northings: 804103

OS Grid: NJ959041

Mapcode National: GBR SHJ.NG

Mapcode Global: WH9QY.53WK

Entry Name: Tullos Cairn, cairn

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1977

Last Amended: 13 March 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4055

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen City

Electoral Ward: Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises the remains of a massive burial cairn of bare stones. The monument was first scheduled in 1977 but the boundary of the scheduled area was unclear: the present re-scheduling rectifies this.

This massive stone-built burial cairn is situated on the N facing slope of Tullos Hill, overlooking Nigg Bay, at c. 50m OD. Although greatly mutilated, it still measures approximately 20m in diameter and stands some 2m high. Another three cairns are located within the close vicinity, indicating that this monument may form part of a relict prehistoric funerary landscape.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 60m centred on the centre of the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric funerary monument of probable Bronze Age date, which may form part of a relict prehistoric landscape. It has the potential to provide important information about Bronze Age funerary and ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NJ 90 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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