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Sithean Buidhe, chambered cairn 1000m WSW of Brawlbin Mains

A Scheduled Monument in Thurso and Northwest Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.4961 / 58°29'46"N

Longitude: -3.6131 / 3°36'47"W

OS Eastings: 306072

OS Northings: 957565

OS Grid: ND060575

Mapcode National: GBR K6F8.KML

Mapcode Global: WH5BW.GQP5

Entry Name: Sithean Buidhe, chambered cairn 1000m WSW of Brawlbin Mains

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1933

Last Amended: 29 February 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM481

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Reay

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises an elongated prehistoric chambered burial cairn of composite construction. It is already scheduled, but with an inadequate area to protect all of the archaeology. This re-scheduling extends the protected area accordingly.

The monument is a sub-circular cairn, measuring about 17m across, and standing to a height of 2m. Its centre has partly collapsed, revealing 2 large lintel stones. There are traces of a possible stone structure immediately around the cairn, especially on the E side. Extending about 80m to the NNW of the chambered cairn is a low irregular mound which is much less substantial. The clearest portion is a 25m stretch about 50m from the chambered cairn. Although sometimes regarded as two separate cairns, it is more likely the two cairns were at one time part of a single, multi-phase construction.

The area now to be scheduled is an elongated shape, with parallel sides and rounded ends. It measures a maximum of 130m NNW-SSE by 40m, to include the chambered cairn and its long, low, NNW extension, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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