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Clachaig, chambered cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4414 / 55°26'29"N

Longitude: -5.2436 / 5°14'36"W

OS Eastings: 194929

OS Northings: 621178

OS Grid: NR949211

Mapcode National: GBR FGFB.8Y8

Mapcode Global: WH1NG.FH9D

Entry Name: Clachaig, chambered cairn

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1953

Last Amended: 17 October 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM395

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Kilmory

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn, visible as an upstanding mound. The monument was originally 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 on the leading edge of a terrace overlooking the sea, some 350m S of Clachaig, in an area rich in prehistoric burial remains.

The cairn is turf-covered and is roughly oval on plan, measuring about 20m from NNW to SSE by 16m transversely and stands about 2.5m in height, with steep sides and a flat top. The cairn was partly excavated by Bryce in 1900, and subsequently backfilled leaving only the tops of three upright slabs visible. Two of these partially buried slabs are a pair of side slabs, being parallel and situated about 1m apart; they protrude above the turf at least 5m from the N edge of the mound. The third stone stands about 0.6m to the N, slightly to the E of the chamber axis.

The area to be scheduled is an irregular oval on plan, with maximum dimensions of 26m from WNW to ESE by 21m from NNE to SSW.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the substantial remains of an upstanding burial cairn. Although partly excavated in 1900, it retains considerable potential to provide important information about prehistoric burial practices and contemporary land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in RCAHMS as NR 92 SW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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