MHG800 - Cairn, Torr Phadruig


Site of cairn.

Type and Period (1)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A heather-covered level-topped cairn, 5.0m diameter by 0.4m high, the centre disturbed and revealing a core content of medium-sized slabs; occasional stones are visible in the cairn periphery, but no evidence of a kerb. In the immediate vicinity are five natural peat mounds.
Visited by OS (J M) 9 July 1981.

Cairn (NR)
OS 6"map, (1963)

Of the six tumuli published on the OS map to the S and E of Torr Phadruig (ND05NE 16), only that at ND 0677 5598 appears to be artificial. The others, including that at ND 0680 5606, appear to be natural peat mounds.
The cairn measures 8.0m in diamter and is 1.0m high. It is formed of a mass of loose stones, almost wholly covered by earth and heather. Visited by OS (W D J) 10 April 1962.

Tumuli (NR), (ND 0680 5606) Tumulus (NR)
OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

There are a few small cairns a short distance SE of Torr Phadruig. They are supposed to be sepulchral.
Name Book 1873.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0677 5598 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND05NE
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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