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Skye, Cnocan Nan Cobhar, Kilmarie

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Short Cist (Bronze Age), Beaker (Bronze Age)

Site Name Skye, Cnocan Nan Cobhar, Kilmarie

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Short Cist (Bronze Age), Beaker (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Cnocan Na Gobhar

Canmore ID 11434

Site Number NG51NE 7

NGR NG 5526 1734

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Strath
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes ( - 1961)

NG51NE 7 5526 1734

(NG 5526 1734) Cnocan nan Cobhar (NAT)

Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1965)

A ?long cairn, an imposing mound of bare stones, somewhat overgrown and bearing some trees, oval in plan, measuring 72' NW-SE by 58' across and 15' high with steep sides.

A large part of the SW side has been removed but no internal structure has been revealed, except that about 8' from the SE end there is one upright stone which is exposed on its SE face for 1', and near the base at the W side of the NW end there are several relatively small displaced flat slabs round a small cavity.

In 1926 a short cist containing a beaker (S.3.(E) type), now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS, EG 60) was discovered near the top of the cairn, its capstone covered by little more than a layer of stones.

OS 1st edition 6" appears to be the only authority for the name 'Cnocan na Cobhar' (Hillock of the Froth or Foam), all other authorities favouring 'Cnocan nan Gobhar' (Hillock of the Goats).

(RCAHMS 1928, visited 1914; J G Callander 1928; D L Clarke 1970; A S Henshall 1972).

Cnocan nan Gobhar: a large (probably chambered) round cairn with dimensions as given; it is not a long cairn. The cist is still in situ and is clearly secondary. On the SE side, near the base of the cairn, robbery has exposed what appears to be drystone walling, possibly part of an entrance facade.

Visited by OS (A C) 18 April 1961.


Field Visit (14 May 1914)

Long Cairn, Cnocan nan Gobhar, Kilmarie.

In a plantation on the left bank of the Abhuinn Cille Mhaire, about 100 yards north of Kilmarie Lodge and some 20 feet above the bed of the burn and 50 feet above sea-level, is a fine cairn of stones with no admixture of soil, marked Cnocan nan Cobhar on the O.S. map. It is oval in shape, the main axis running north-west and south-east (137° mag.) almost parallel to the burn, and it measures 72 feet in length, 58 feet in breadth, and 15 feet in height. Except on the eastern slope and south-eastern end, where the surface has been disturbed, the cairn is covered with a thick layer of peat.

RCAHMS 1928, visited 14 May 1914.

OS map: Skye l.


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