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Carn A' Bhodaich

Beacon (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Carn A' Bhodaich

Classification Beacon (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Tarbat Ness

Canmore ID 15624

Site Number NH98NW 2

NGR NH 9469 8759

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Tarbat
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH98NW 2 9469 8759

(NH 9469 8759) Carn a' Bhodaich (R) (Site of Roman Landmark)

OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907).

See also NH98NW 11.00.

Near the site of the lighthouse at Tarbat Ness is the foundation of a monument, built, it is said, by the Romans as a landmark.

New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845.

Carn a'Bhodaich, a turf-covered mound c.8.0m in diameter and 0.8m high, with a content of rounded beach stones visible in two small mutilations. Possibly a cairn, but could be a beacon stance. Not Roman.

Re-surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (J B), 21 September 1977.

This mound is as described above. The association of its name with the nearby ruined mound of Carn na Cailliche (NH98NW 15 ) (the names presumably meaning 'Cairn of the old man' and 'Cairn of the old Woman) points to the probability of a recent date, and possible uses as beacon stances or landmarks.

Visited by OS (J B) 21 September 1977

This has been a desk assessment area.

J Wordsworth, SSSIs, Scottish Natural Heritage, 1993.

Roman monument (alleged); cairn / beacon stance - not seen, heavy heather cover.

CFA/MORA Coastal Assessment Survey 1998.


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