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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  • Awesome! I love to visit anything that is old! 4000 years that’s just great. Fabulous photos!

    • Sam H Travels

      Thank you!

  • Lisa

    I’m enjoying your post series on the Highlands. Would love to wander those old ruins. Love that beautiful backdrop. Definitely a great place to hike.

    • Sam H Travels

      Yes it is a perfect hiking spot! So peaceful and the countryside is so beautiful 😉

  • Tracy McConnachie Collins

    Just love stuff like this! Isn’t it amazing being able to explore ruins like this from thousands of years ago? Lovely photographs too!

    • Sam H Travels

      You are right Tracy, it was very interesting to visit and also a little humbing.

  • Elisabeth Caraballo

    Amazing! I would love to go here and do some exploring. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Sam H Travels

      Thank you ! If you ever get a chance you really must visit. So much to see and do in this area 🙂

  • ThriftyTrails

    I love learning about ruins from around the world! My mind tends to wander and imagine life in those times.

    • Sam H Travels

      Yes, when I was standing at this spot, It was so peaceful. All I could hear were the birds at the nearby RSPB reserve. I was imagining the people who lived here during the Bronze Age and what they would be talking about and what they might be doing. It was strange to think people would have been there all those years ago building this Cairn. I bet they never dreamed it would still be around for us visit.

      • ThriftyTrails

        I wonder if anything built in my lifetime will be preserved for centuries….hmmmm

  • These cairns fascinate me. I would love to know what the builders had in mind…and I often wonder if we are anywhere near right in our assumptions. Interesting stuff – and beautiful sights!

    • Sam H Travels

      Yes, I agree with you. It would be nice to know the reasoning for their choices.

  • Jennifer Pepple

    This is interesting! It certainly reminds me of many things I’ve seen featured in movies. This looks like a great place to explore!

  • David Johnston

    Wow, this is fascinating. I love that these sites are still able to be visited and are so well preserved. More of Scotland to see!