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Publication Account

Date 1997

Event ID 1017146

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


This is a very long and arduous walk, and Ronas Hill is often wreathed in mist, but on a clear sunny day the view from the cairn is well worth the effort, as is the cairn itself. Set on the highest point in Shetland (450m OD), its very remoteness has ensured that this cairn has survived the centuries relatively unscathed. Its chamber is still roofed, although much of the covering cairn is now scattered. This was probably a heel-shaped cairn, and the passage, some 2.4m long, opens into a rectangular chamber, 1.7m by 0.9m. The sides and back of the chamber are built with very large slabs, and a single slab forms the roof at a height of just over a metre. Nothing is known of the original contents.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Shetland’, (1997).

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