MHG39230 - Possible Cairn - Doire Domhain


A small circle of stones, possibly a ring cairn.

Type and Period (2)

  • STONE CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • (Alternate Type) CAIRN? (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

In 1997, features were observed and briefly noted in a survey by the ACFA, under the crags to the north of the settlement of Doire Domhain. The area they were identified at was a flattish terrace of land, 250m by 100m at its widest at an elevation of 130-140 OD. It was dominated by a 30m high rocky scarp along its eastern side and fell away steeply towards the shore on the western side. The whole area has a grand panorma from the southwest to the northwest over the Sound of Raasay snd the Isle of Skye. The area contained four roughly circular features set among extensive rig and furrow with two field banks on the south side with a third running north to south on each side of the precipitous scarp. The whole area is grass covered with much heather and is nearly always wet.

The fourth feature recorded from this area in the ACFA's 2004 publication of surveyed cairns on Raasay was a small circle of stones. It measured 4.5m overall in diameter with an internal diameter of 2.5m. Ii lay as a single circle of stones, 20m due east from MHG39219, among heather and grass. It had a slight suggestion of a double row of stones in its south east quardrant. Probing in and around the structure indicated some stones beneath the turf in the interior. <1>

GIS spatial data is an approximate locaction based on site location description.

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Grid reference Centred NG 5551 4461 (40m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG54SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish PORTREE

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