MHG5177 - Cnocan Nan Cobhar, chambered cairn


A large, probably chambered, round cairn with a secondary cist.

Type and Period (2)

  • (Former Type) CHAMBERED LONG CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • CHAMBERED ROUND CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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Full Description

NG51NE 7 5526 1734.

(NG 5526 1734) Cnocan nan Cobhar (NAT) Cairn (NR)
OS 6"map, (1965)

A ?long cairn, an imposing mound of bare stones, somewhat overgrown and bearing some trees, oval in plan, measuring 72' NW-SE by 58' across and 15' high with steep sides.
A large part of the SW side has been removed but no internal structure has been revealed, except that about 8' from the SE end there is one upright stone which is exposed on its SE face for 1', and near the base at the W side of the NW end there are several relatively small displaced flat slabs round a small cavity.
In 1926 a short cist containing a beaker (S.3.(E) type), now in the NMAS (EG 60) was discovered near the top of the cairn, its capstone covered by little more than a layer of stones.
OS 1st edition 6" appears to be the only authority for the name "Cnocan na Cobhar" (Hillock of the Froth or Foam), all other authorities favouring "Cnocan nan Gobhar" (Hillock of the Goats).
J G Callander 1928; RCAHMS 1928, visited 1914; D L Clarke 1970; A S Henshall 1972.

Cnocan nan Gobhar: a large (probably chambered) round cairn with dimensions as given; it is not a long cairn. The cist is still in situ and is clearly secondary. On the SE side, near the base of the cairn, robbery has exposed what appears to be drystone walling, possibly part of an entrance facade.
Visited by OS (A C) 18 April 1961.

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Grid reference Centred NG 5526 1735 (15m by 16m) (3 map features)
Map sheet NG51NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish STRATH

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