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Loch Ailsh

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Loch Ailsh

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 4735

Site Number NC30NW 2

NGR NC 3115 0980

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kincardine (Sutherland)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NC30NW 2 3115 0980.

(NC 31150980) Cairn (NR)

OS 6"map, (1967)

A probable chambered cairn of waterworn stones set in a small, ill-drained hollow in low, peaty moorland and now covered by 0.3m of peat. It is oval in plan, measuring 21m by 17m by 2.3m high, and is surrounded by a possibly natural ditch-like feature (OS field surveyor [EGC]). The east side and centre have been severely robbed and any entrance from this side has been destroyed but in the centre are some very large slabs, obviously displaced but strongly suggestive of a chamber.

Surveyed at 1:10 560.

Visited by OS (E G C) 3 April 1963; A S Henshall 1963.

The cairn is as described above. The "ditch" is of variable width ranging from 2.5m to 4.5m enlarging in the SE to form a "recess" 7.5m wide. It has an average depth of 0.7m.

Visited by OS (J B) 23 September 1976.

The 'ditch' around the cairn appears to be entirely natural, a result of differential peat accumulation.

Visited by OS (N K B) 23 June 1980.

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