MHG12126 - Chambered Cairn, Badnabay


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  • CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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NC24NW 1 2187 4676.

(NC 2187 4676) Burial Chamber (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

Badnabay: Round Cairn, Orkney-Cromarty with polygonal chamber.
The site, which consists of a group of fifteen upright stones of gneiss, is on low-lying uncultivated land under 50 ft O D. The cairn has been completely removed but its edge can be traced giving a diameter of 40 ft NW-SE by 37 ft transversely. The entrance has been from SE. At cairn edge on this side there remain a pair of low portal stones 2 ft apart barely projecting above the present ground surface. The passage has been about 7 ft long, for at this distance further W are another pair of low stones, evidently the portals between the passage and chamber. The outer compartment of the chamber has been rectangular, about 5 ft 10 ins wide and about 4 ft long, and has one side stone surviving. A pair of transverse stones 2 ft high and set 2 ft 7 ins apart from the entrance into the inner compartment. This main compartment is oval, 10 ft 4 ins by 8 ft 9 ins, and built of taller stones, the largest 3 ft 8 ins high.
A S Henshall 1963; RCAHMS 1911; A J Boyd 1954.

Correct as described and planned. Revised at 1:10,000.
Visited by OS (W D J) 13 July 1960 and (J M) 27 May 1980.

NW SUT Local Plan, May1987: P23/2.36.
J Aitken : 11/06/01.

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Grid reference Centred NC 2186 4676 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC24NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND

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