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Cairnsmore of Fleet, cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9754 / 54°58'31"N

Longitude: -4.3433 / 4°20'35"W

OS Eastings: 250117

OS Northings: 567046

OS Grid: NX501670

Mapcode National: GBR 4N.XN99

Mapcode Global: WH3TH.860M

Entry Name: Cairnsmore of Fleet, cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 August 1963

Last Amended: 13 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2316

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Minnigaff

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument is a cairn, a prehistoric burial mound dating from the Neolithic or early Bronze Age period (c. 4000-1500BC). The monument was originally scheduled in 1963 but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present scheduling rectifies this.

The cairn stands at around 710m OD on the highest point of Cairnsmore of Fleet, commanding extensive views over the surrounding landscape. It is roughly circular, measuring a maximum of 15m in diameter and standing 1.5m-2m high. There is a faint suggestion of a berm around the S and W sides, but this has probably been caused by modern disturbance. A modern marker cairn has been built on the summit of the monument.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 35m in diameter centred on the cairn to include the cairn itself and an area around where remains relating to its construction and use may be expected to survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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