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Lochorodale, long cairn 1000m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.384 / 55°23'2"N

Longitude: -5.6967 / 5°41'48"W

OS Eastings: 165940

OS Northings: 616227

OS Grid: NR659162

Mapcode National: IRL XD.FYL1

Mapcode Global: GBR DG9H.5D5

Entry Name: Lochorodale, long cairn 1000m NW of

Scheduled Date: 9 April 1975

Last Amended: 28 February 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3653

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Campbeltown

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a well-preserved early prehistoric burial cairn which lies along a terrace above a small valley overlooking a seasonal loch to the NW. The area was formerly rough grazing but was afforested in the early 1990s.

The monument is classified as a long cairn of the Clyde group, and appears as a long mound approximately 28m long and up to 1.5m high. It is approximately 10m wide at the narrower S end, and up to 20m across at the wider end, which is crescent-shaped, creating a shallow forecourt at the N end of the cairn. Slightly off-centre at the wider end, the remains of a single chamber are visible, consisting of four upright slabs. The only other structural feature currently visible is a short stretch of walling on one of the long sides of the cairn.

The monument is being rescheduled because the original scheduling was wrongly sited. The area now to be scheduled measures 70m NNW-SSE by 40m to include the cairn and an area around it in which remains associated with its construction and use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because it is an example of a distinctive type of early prehistoric burial cairn which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices, and also of the past environment, as the cairn material will have helped to preserve the prehistoric ground surface buried beneath it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR61NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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