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Corrimony Chambered Cairn, Drumnadrochit

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  • This is worth a stop and a look at if you are in the area. Yip, it is just a pile of stones and if you want to go inside you need to be small and nibble or willing to crawl in the mud - I am neither s...  more »
  • The Corrimony Cairn is a fascinating piece of preserved history in an area full of it. It's off the beaten path and fairly small, so it's easy to stop for 20-30 minutes, read the sign, look at the cai...  more »
  • We had a great time visiting this amazing historical site! Really beautiful and interesting, would recommend.  more »
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  • Lovely free historic monument with parking close by.
  • Off the beaten track, some 15 miles from the famous Loch Ness in Scotland is the less famous burial cairn at Corrimony. It is a large circular mound of weather-worn pebbles and boulders, within a kerb of larger stones set on edge. At the centre of the cairn is a round chamber, which would once have had a corbelled roof completely enclosing it. A long, low passage runs from the edge of the cairn through to the chamber – the roof of the passage at Corrimony is very well preserved. Like the Clava Cairns near Culloden Moor, its passage faces towards the south-west – possibly aligned with a celestial event. The whole cairn is surrounded by a setting of 11 standing stones, forming a circle around it. The cairn’s roof was probably capped with the large slab now lying on top of the cairn. The slab is decorated with a series of cup-marks, which are typical of prehistoric rock art. Similar markings were found at Clava Cairns. Excavation in the chamber revealed traces of a crouched burial, probably a woman, beneath an area of stone floor. No artefacts were found with the burial, but a bone pin was found elsewhere in the cairn. The similar Clava Cairns have been dated to about 2000 BC. It’s probable that Corrimony dates to about the same time, so about as old as the pyramids of Giza. Clava-type cairns such as this one appear to have been built in places that were suitable for settlement, on good land. Earlier burial monuments tended to be at the edge of agricultural land and set apart from settlements. This probably reflects changes in society and attitudes towards the living and the dead. Nearby is an RSPB nature reserve. The cairn is free to view and enter, and there is road side parking at the site. There are no facilities here and little information about the site. That said, if you are nearby its worth a look and to get up close and personal with this bit of Scotlands ancient history.
  • 一日遊的第一站,4000年前的古老墓穴,這一個是幾十個當中最特別的,有經過一定要來看看👍(最好跟團。因為導覽員的介紹很棒)
  • Beautifully peacefully & well maintained site
  • This was a good cairn, it was fairly complete and to the novice eye a good example. Easy to find with parking.

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