MHG56383 - Cairn, Balblair Wood


A mound of cobbles in Balblair Wood identified through evaluation in 2012 as a cairn.

Type and Period (1)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This possible hut circle or enclosure, identified by GUARD in 2005 during a walkover survey and DBA exercise in advance of the proposed Beauly-Denny OHL Replacement line, consists of a turf and moss covered bank of up to 0.8 m in height and 2.5 m in width. The feature is approximately 9 m by 7 m. <1> See also the relevant extracted chapters from the EIA report. <2>

This feature was noted during a partial walkover survey by Highland Archaeology Services in 2011. <3>

This feature was evaluated by Northlight Heritage in June 2012 as it lay on the site of a proposed converter station as part of SHETL Western Isles Commection Programme. A single trench (T7) was excavated to investigate the feature, which was found to comprise a pile of small and medium sized cobbles within a silty sand matrix. No artefacts or deposits were found but the feature was identified as a cairn. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5039 4465 (8m by 9m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH54SW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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