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Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Balmalloch

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 62520

Site Number NX28SE 1

NGR NX 26387 84532

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Ayrshire
  • Parish Barr
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kyle And Carrick
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NX28SE 1 26387 84532.

(NX 2639 8452) Balmalloch Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

A disturbed and partly robbed chambered round cairn of the Bargrennan group, situated on a small knoll. Of bare angular stones, it is c.2.4m high and 17m to 18m in diameter, the perimeter being clear except on the east.

Two chambers are exposed, one being entered from the east and the other from the north, although neither passage is visible. There may well be another chamber on the SW side but, although various hollows have been made in the surface of the cairn, it has not been exposed.

Visited by OS (JLD) 4 November 1955

This chambered cairn is as described (AYR 3; A S Henshall 1972).

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (SFS) 14 January 1976


Field Visit (11 October 1942)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.

Field Visit (September 1981)

Balmalloch (AYR 3) NX 263 845 NX28SE

This chambered cairn of Bargrennan type occupies a low knoll 550m WNW of the abandoned farmstead of Balmalloch. Circular on plan, it measures 18m in maximum diameter by 2.4m in height and contains at least two chambers.

RCAHMS 1981, visited September 1981

(Smith 1895, 219; Henshall 1972, 398)

Project (March 1991)

Pre-afforestation field survey undertaken at Blackclauchrie, Kyle and Carrick, Strathclyde.

P McKeague 1991.


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