MHG799 - Burial Cairn, Torr Na Cubhaige


Site of late neolithic-bronze age burial cairn with probable cist. A previous interpretation of this feature suggested this was the remains of a small hut circle.

Type and Period (2)

  • BURIAL CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • (Alternate Type) HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Torr an Cubhaige is a turf-covered cairn as described by previous OS field surveyor; the upright slab in the centre is probably the side of a short cist.
Visited by OS (N K B) 16 September 1981.

Torr na Cubhaige (NAT) Cairn (NR)
OS 6"map, (1963)

The location of this feature is as given above. On top of the hillock are the mutilated remains of a stony mound about 7.7m in diameter. The centre of the mound has been hollowed out to a diameter of some 3.0m. On the NW edge of this hollow is a large slab set on edge.
It measures 0.9m long by 0.5m high and oriented NW-SE. This would appear to be the remains of a small cairn rather than a hut circle, as stated by the RCAHMS.
Visited by OS (W D J) 14 April 1962.

Hut Circle, Torr nan Dearcag (actually Torr na Cubhaige): On the top of a green hillock about 1 mile NNE of Dorrery Lodge, are the remains of what has probably been a small hut circle, overall diameter 21ft.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 36, No. 120 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0803 5665 (16m by 16m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND05NE
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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