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Craignarget, cairn 800m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.8297 / 54°49'46"N

Longitude: -4.7048 / 4°42'17"W

OS Eastings: 226362

OS Northings: 551668

OS Grid: NX263516

Mapcode National: GBR GHRY.9PP

Mapcode Global: WH2SR.PVVW

Entry Name: Craignarget, cairn 800m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 4 August 1953

Last Amended: 4 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1921

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Old Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn, visible as an upstanding monument. The monument was last scheduled in 1953, but the area covered by the designation did not relate accurately to the remains on the ground. The current rescheduling rectifies this.

The cairn is situated in heather moorland on the S flank of Craignarget Hill. It measures about 10m in diameter and stands up to 1.5m in height.

The area to be scheduled includes the cairn and an area around it within which related material may be expected to survive. It is circular in plan, with a maximum diameter of 25m, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial practices. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to other broadly contemporary sites of similar function and form.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NX 25 SE 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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