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Achargary, chambered cairn and ring cairns 380m NNW of

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

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Latitude: 58.4644 / 58°27'51"N

Longitude: -4.1971 / 4°11'49"W

OS Eastings: 271926

OS Northings: 954996

OS Grid: NC719549

Mapcode National: GBR J60C.26B

Mapcode Global: WH49N.HHLZ

Entry Name: Achargary, chambered cairn and ring cairns 380m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 18 October 1938

Last Amended: 27 January 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1760

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Farr

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument comprises a Neolithic chambered burial cairn set on a river terrace W and SW of the River Naver, with several smaller mounds, probably Bronze Age ring cairns, nearby. The large cairn was originally scheduled in 1938, but an inadequate area was included fully to protect the archaeological remains. This scheduling extension expands the protected area to cover all of the large cairn and includes the smaller cairns for the first time.

The chambered cairn is roughly circular, about 22m in diameter and stands up to 2m high. Large stones protrude from the centre, indicating the position of the burial chamber, which has probably been disturbed in the past. About 18m to the SW is a group of five smaller ring cairns, probably of Bronze Age date (around 1500 BC). These vary in diameter, but are about 4m across on average.

The area now to be scheduled is irregular on plan, measuring a maximum of 88m SW-NE by 60m transversely, to include the chambered cairn and the ring cairns and an area around them in which related archaeological remains are likely to survive. The area is indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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