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ID:MHG2626
Type of record:Monument
Name:Chambered Cairn, Corrimony
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Central Chamber.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsInterior Chamber Wall.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsEntrance into Chamber.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsPassageway, looking outside Chamber.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsEntrance from above.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSide view and Standing Stones.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsLarge cup-marked Boulder.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsEntrance, wall structure.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsLarge Standing Stone.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsStanding Stones.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit, February 2004  © Please contact Highland Council for details© Please contact Highland Council for detailsThe Corrimony light beam (photo by Douglas Scott via Facebook)  © Douglas ScottThe setting sun shining into the burial chamber on 9 February 2006 (photo by Douglas Scott via Facebook)  © Douglas Scott© Douglas ScottCorrimony chambered cairn (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCorrimony chambered cairn facing southwest (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCorrimony chambered cairn (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council

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Article  © Please contact Highland Council for details (File size: 3231 KB)Colour photograph  © Please contact Highland Council for details (File size: 1061 KB)Sites and Monuments Record Card  © Highland Council (File size: 599 KB)
Grid Reference:NH 3830 3030
Map Sheet:NH33SE
Civil Parish:URQUHART AND GLENMORISTON
Geographical Area:INVERNESS

Monument Types

Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 90081: Corrimony, chambered cairn 600m ESE of

Other References/Statuses

  • Guardianship Monument
  • Historic Environment Record: MHG2626
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 12256
  • NMRS Record Details: NH33SE6 CORRIMONY
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH33SE0006

Full description

NH33SE 6 3830 3030.

(NH 3830 3030) Stone Circle {NR}
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

This Clava-type passage grave was excavated by Professor Piggot, during the summer of 1952. His excavation has now been filled in.
Before excavation the cairn measured about 60' in diameter, and 8' in height, and was composed, for the most part, of water-worn stones. A large, flat, cup-marked stone, now thought to have been the cap-stone of the chamber lay on top.
Excavation revealed traces of a crouched inhumation burial beneath the flagged floor of the chamber. There were no grave-goods.
Of the 11 stones forming the outer ring round the cairn 4 are modern additions and 2 have been reset in recent times. The stones range from 5' -9' in height. An area of cobbling,apparently an original feature, was revealed between two of the stones on the N.W. One of the stones on the N.W. is said to bear cup-marks on its outer-facing side, but these are now unconvincing.
The only artifact found during excavation, was a bone pin, calcined and eroded, which is now in Nat. Mus. Ants. Scot (EO 956)
S Piggott 1956; A S Henshall 1963

A stone on the NW side of the outer circle has cup marks on the outer face. Another stone, which lay on the W. side of the cairn until 1830, and is now on the top, also has cup marks.
A Mitchell 1875

This cairn, surrounded by a fence, is maintained by the MOW. It is as described above.
Resurveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (N K B) 4 December 1964

Drumnadrochit & Fort Augustus Local Plan, Oct 1991: P13/2.39.
Ancient Mons & Archyl. Sites. POLICY - The Council will safeguard Ancient Mons & Archyl. Sites insofar as this is compatible with its aim of achieving a sound employment base for the local popn. Where conditions are appropriate the Council commends better promotion and Interpn. Of sites for the public benefit.
J Aitken : 05/06/01.

Douglas Scott posted photographs of this cairn on the Highland HER Facebook page in May 2011. He comments that most of the Clava cairn passages are aligned to the midwinter sun or the southern moon, but as shown on the 9th February 2006 at Corrimony, the setting sun shines into the burial chamber in early November and February. As it does so the beam of light will sweep over the centre of the chamber under which the remains of a woman was found facing down the passage towards the setting sun. <1>


Corrimony. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12493.


Mitchell, A and Drummond, J, 1874, Vacation notes in Cromar, Burghead, and Strathspey. Including notice of one of the supposed burial-places of St Columba, pp 643-4 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1803.


Piggott, S, 1956, Excavations in passage-graves and ring-cairns of the Clava group 1952-3, pp 174-84, 197-8, 200-7 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG749.


Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, Vol. 1, 368-70, (INV 17); plan 369 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.


Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 163, No. 92 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.


Puls, A, 2013, Corrimony Cairn HET Visit (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG25829.


<1> Highland Council, 2011, Highland HER Facebook page, Douglas Scott, 18/05/2011 (Interactive Resource/Webpage). SHG25262.

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