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Muckle Skerry, The Kiln

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Muckle Skerry, The Kiln

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Pentland Skerries; Pentland Firth

Canmore ID 9511

Site Number ND47NE 7

NGR ND 4633 7843

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish South Ronaldsay
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

ND47NE 7 4633 7843.

Stone foundations and traces of kitchen midden between the lighthouse enclosure and the pools lying W of it, on Muckle Skerry (information from A Black, lighthouse keeper).


At ND 4633 7843 is a circular turf-covered mound about 12.5m in diameter and 1.0m high. The centre has been mutilated exposing a N-S orientated slab on edge 1.4m long and 0.6 high, about 0.7m S of centre. The slab does not appear to be part of a cist and insufficient remains to identify it as part of a chamber. The mound, however, appears to be the remains of a cairn. Several animal bones can be seen in the centre. Black may also be referring to ND47NE 3.

Surveyed at 1/10,000.

Visited by OS (ISS) 9 May 1973


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