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Kinloch Lodge, chambered cairn NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.4376 / 58°26'15"N

Longitude: -4.4858 / 4°29'8"W

OS Eastings: 254980

OS Northings: 952602

OS Grid: NC549526

Mapcode National: GBR H69F.7ZF

Mapcode Global: WH38L.2660

Entry Name: Kinloch Lodge, chambered cairn NNW of

Scheduled Date: 29 December 1938

Last Amended: 20 January 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1798

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Tongue

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument comprises a chambered round cairn of Orkney-Cromarty type with polygonal bipartite chamber and passage. The site is situated in rough moorland at around 67m OD on the S facing slope of Creag Ach'an t-Srathain. The site was originally scheduled in December 1938, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument measures 14-16m in diameter and 1.4-1.8m high, and is covered with bracken and turf. It has been heavily robbed and its full extent is not fully visible on the ground. The chamber and passage, constructed with thin stone orthostats, are aligned NE, consisting of a larger polygonal inner chamber measuring approximately 4m E-W and 3m transversely, a small antechamber, approximately 2m E-W and 2.5m transversely, and a short passage 2m in length.

The area now to be scheduled is circular on plan, measuring around 40m in diameter as marked on the accompanying map extract in red.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a Neolithic chambered round cairn of Orkney-Cromarty type. It has the potential to provide a valuable insight into the ritual and funerary practices of this period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NC55SW 1.


Henshall A S 1963, CHAMBERED TOMBS OF SCOTLAND, Edinburgh, Vol. 1, 321.

Henshall A S and Ritchie J N G 1995, THE CHAMBERED CAIRNS OF SUTHERLAND, Edinburgh, 110-1.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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