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ID:MHG11050
Type of record:Monument
Name:Chambered Cairn, Skail
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Grid Reference:NC 7129 4690
Map Sheet:NC74NW
Civil Parish:FARR
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND

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Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1776: Skail, chambered cairn 90m N of

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  • Historic Environment Record: MHG11050
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 6187
  • NMRS Record Details: NC74NW4 SKAIL
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NC74NW0004

Full description

NC74NW 4 7129 4690.

(NC 7129 4690) Chambered Cairns (NR) OS 6"map, (1962)
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Amended Scheduling Detials - Letter received from HS, dated 31/01/03. See assoc. docs. File.
J Aitken : 20/02/03
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An Orkney - Cromarty type round cairn, with a polygonal chamber, now almost denuded of cairn material. The cairn has had a diameter of about 66 feet, but has been so heavily robbed that the only appreciable amount of cairn material left occurs against east side of the chamber, where it is about 4 feet high. The result is that the upright construction stones of the chamber are now exposed to almost their full height, the highest being 5 feet 8 inches tall. Walling of horizontally laid slabs occurs between the slabs. The chamber has been entered from the NE but there is now no sign of the passage.
A steatite cup with a side handle which was said to be in Dunrobin Museum in 1909 is alleged to have come from this site, but is presumably unconnected with the use of the tomb. It could not be found in 1957. An unrecorded excavation by a shooting tenant took place some years before 1909.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; A S Henshall 1963.

The cairn is as described. Robbing has left only a peripheral rim and the side-slabs of the chamber.
Visited by OS (J L D) 6 May 1960.

No change to previous field report.
Revised at 1/10,000. Visited by OS (J B) 21 July 1977.


Ch Cairn, Skail, Strathnaver (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9842.


Ch. Cairn, Skail, Strathnaver (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9839.


Ch.Cairn, Skail, Strathnaver (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9845.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17728.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17729.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17730.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17731.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17732.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17739.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17740.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17741.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17742.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17743.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17768.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17769.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17770.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17771.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17772.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17773.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17774.


Skail (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17775.


Strathnaver : (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12413.


Strathnaver : (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12414.


RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 80, No. 233 (Text/Report). SHG2657.


Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 328, SUT 52; plan (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.

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