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ID:MHG1220
Type of record:Monument
Name:Chambered Cairn, Na Tri Sithean
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Summary

A long chambered cairn, one of the largest of its type. It swells at each end into two prominent mounds.

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Photo  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsPhoto  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsPhoto  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsLooking NWW towards Dounreay and the coast.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsLooking NWW towards Dounreay and the coast. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilLooking NWW towards Dounreay and the coast. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilLooking SSE along the cairn. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilLooking NWW towards Dounreay and the coast. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilLooking NWW towards Dounreay and the coast. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilLooking NWW towards Dounreay and the coast. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council
Grid Reference:ND 0124 6532
Map Sheet:ND06NW
Civil Parish:REAY
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS

Monument Types

Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 90078: Cnoc Freiceadain, long cairns

Other References/Statuses

  • Guardianship Monument
  • Historic Environment Record: MHG1220
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 7832
  • NMRS Record Details: ND06NW11 NA TRI SITHEAN
  • Old SMR Reference Number: ND06NW0011

Full description

Na Tri Sithean (NR) Supposed Broughs (NR)
OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

This long horned cairn, turf-covered and not seriously disturbed, is one of the largest and most perfect of its type. The body of the cairn is 235ft long by 32ft wide and about 4ft high. It swells at each end into distinct circular mounds (for the third mound, see ND06NW 10); that at the SE end is 70ft wide and 10ft high, while that at the NW is 60ft wide and 7ft high. The horns, two at each end, project an additional distance beyond the cairn varying from 10ft to 18ft. Two possible lintels and one other slab protrude from the cairn.
A S Henshall 1963; RCAHMS 1911. <1><2>

As described above. Visited by OS (N K B) 18 November 1964.

(ND 0125 6532) Long Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1969)

'Na Tri Sithean' is the name given to the three prominent mounds, which form parts of the long cairns described here and on ND06NW 10 (Name Book 1873).

Visited by OS (J B) 10 September 1981.


Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 167-8, No. 96 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.


Davidson, JL and Henshall, A S, 1991, The chambered cairns of Caithness: an inventory of the structures and their contents, 128-9, no. 41; plan (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2115.


<1> Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 75-7, 102, CAT 282 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.


<2> RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 101, No. 369 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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