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Ach A'chorrain

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Ach A'chorrain

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 4824

Site Number NC36SE 1

NGR NC 37153 62339

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Durness
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NC36SE 1 3715 6233.

(NC 3715 6233) Cairn (NR)

OS 6"map, (1961)

A prominent round cairn, 15.5m in diameter and 2.1m in maximum height, which has been robbed to build an adjacent sheepfold. No chamber or cist has been exposed, nor is there any indication of a ditch or retaining circle.

RCAHMS 1911; Visited by OS (F D C) 2 May 1957.

A disturbed passage of which two pairs of uprights and one capstone are exposed.

Information contained in letters from T C Welsh 24 July and 10 August 1972.


Field Visit (3 June 1909)

Cairn, Allt a’ Chaoruinn

Situated on a ridge between the Allt a’ Chaoruinn and Kyle of Durness, about ¼ m E of the road and 170 ft above it, and about 1/3 of a mile due S of where the road crosses the burn, is a cairn. It has a diameter of about 44 ft [13.4m] and height of 7 ft [2.1m]. Though it has been dilapidated to some extent in the past to form a sheepfold which adjoins it, no chamber or cist has been exposed.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 3 June 1909

OS 6" map, (1908) 'Brough, remains of'

Field Visit (16 November 1978)

NC36SE 1 3715 6233.

A bare stone, chambered cairn approximately 14.0m in diameter and 1.6m high; early modern structures built of cairn material intrude on the NE periphery. The passage, in the SE, and the chamber have been partially cleared exposing in the former two sets of slightly displaced uprights, one with lintel slab in situ and the latter a single orthostat.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 16 November 1978.


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