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Loch a'Bhiocair, cairn 330m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Latitude: 57.9676 / 57°58'3"N

Longitude: -4.0719 / 4°4'18"W

OS Eastings: 277530

OS Northings: 899471

OS Grid: NH775994

Mapcode National: GBR J79N.RKH

Mapcode Global: WH4D1.FZ7V

Entry Name: Loch a'Bhiocair, cairn 330m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 29 June 1939

Last Amended: 27 April 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1811

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Golspie

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of a cairn about 11.5m in diameter and 1.3m high with its edge defined by large boulders. On the N side of the cairn the boulders have been re-used in the construction of a small enclosure which abuts the cairn on this side. This enclosure is poorly defined and about 7.5m in diameter. A hole in the top of the cairn may indicate an excavation, but neither cist nor chamber has been exposed. The area to be scheduled measures 50m in diameter to include the cairn, the enclosure and an area round in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the cairn may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric burial practices and ceremonial behaviour.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



This monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NC 21 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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