Corrimony Chambered Cairn in the Highlands

Corrimony Chambered Cairn

Just a 15-minute drive from Drumnadrochit, in the Highlands of Scotland, you can find this well preserved ancient monument dating back 4000 years.

This monument is a Clava Cairn, which is a bronze age manmade circular chambered tomb, constructed by placing stones on top of each other to create a mound. Neolithic farmers built this Clava Cairn for burials.

Corrimony Chambered Cairn

You can see from the diagram that the Cairn originally had a ring of stones holding up the roof, but over time these appear to have been buried within the ground. There is a passage which goes into a circular centre chamber measuring approx 3 metres. This is now open to the sky but would have originally been covered by a large slab, which can still be found on top of the cairn.

Corrimony Chambered Cairn

Corrimony Chambered Cairn  Corrimony Chambered Cairn

In the above photo you can see an example of a large stone which is part of a circle of 12 stones which surround the Cairn. The significance of this circle of stones unknown. The passage of the chamber has been designed so it faces south west, possibly so it can allow the soul of the deceased to take a safe passage to the afterlife.

Just along the track, visitors can also visit Corrimony RSPB nature reserve where Black Grouse, Golden Eagles and Scottish Crossbills maybe spotted.

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