CLAVA CAIRNS

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CLAVA CAIRNS

Clava Cairns is a prehistoric complex not far from the Culloden battlefield. There are actually two parts to it. At Balnuaran are three well-preserved burial chambers, two with entrance passages, each one surrounded by standing stones. The cairns are of a type of which around 50 examples have been found in the Moray/Inverness region. They were built c2000BC, almost certainly for high standing individuals, and appear to align with the midwinter sunset. The cemetery was reused about 1,000 years after it was built. A split stone at the site is thought to have been the inspiration for Craigh Na Dun in the 'Outlander' book by Diana Gabaldon.

At Milton of Clava, down the road, is the remains of a medieval chapel, the site of another cairn and, possibly, standing stones.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Nr Culloden
County
Highland
Post Code
IV2 5EU
Main Historic Period
Prehistory
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor Castle
Primary Management
Historic Scotland

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