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ID:MHG4608
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cairn, Toum
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Toum cairn, 2011 (photo by Sue Murray, ARCH Community Timeline course)  © Sue Murray, ARCH Community Timeline courseToum cairn, 2011 (photo by Sue Murray, ARCH Community Timeline course)  © Sue Murray, ARCH Community Timeline courseToum cairn, showing rubbish dumped at the site, 2011 (photo by Sue Murray, ARCH Community Timeline course)  © Sue Murray, ARCH Community Timeline course(photo by Highland Council)  © Highland Council(photo by Highland Council)  © Highland Council(photo by Highland Council)  © Highland Council

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Grid Reference:NH 9601 2173
Map Sheet:NH92SE
Civil Parish:DUTHIL AND ROTHIEMURCHUS
Geographical Area:BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY

Monument Types

  • CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 2443: Toum, cairn

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG4608
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 15447
  • NMRS Record Details: NH92SE7 TOUM
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH92SE0007

Full description

Access Audit described as both 101 & 112 , the former is almost certainly the correct one - HAW 11/2003

NH92SE 7 9601 2173.
Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

A cairn consisting wholly of loose stones, situated near the farm of Ochnoir. It is not known to have been opened.
Name Book 1871.

A cairn of bare stones situated on a false crest at about 900ft OD., measuring 24.0m N-S by 20.0m E-W and 3.0m high. It is virtually untouched and in good condition, although some stones have been dsplaced and lie at the base of the cairn. No kerb or other structures are visible.
Resurveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (N K B) 16 September 1966.

'This magnificent site is, without question, the finest of the remaining Bronze Age cairns in this middle portion of Strathspey. Standing on a sloping terrace which commands clear views to the east and south over the valley, the cairn structure still rises some 4m. The flattened summit of the cairn suggests that it may have been looted at some stage in the past, but the sides of the boulder heap show no signs of disturbance. There are traces of a possible kerb on the south side.' (Oram 1996, p. 32)

Visit in autumn 2011 by Sue Murray, ARCH Community Timeline course, shows rubbish has been tipped into the cairn.

Add to Bibliography:
Oram, Richard 1996. Moray and Badenoch. A Historical Guide, p. 32 <1>


Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 24, 10 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3355.


<1> Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH), 2012, Digital site gazetteer and archive for ARCH Community Timeline Project: Boat of Garten, Site 23 (Collection/Project Archive). SHG25666.

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