Clava Cairns, Scotland

The Clava Cairns are a set of Neolithic stone structures about a mile from Culloden Battlefield in Scotland. Three burial cairns, two of which are passage graves. You can go inside (the first photo is of me inside looking out.). There is a nearby circle of standing stones, liked by lines of turf-covered stones. Several of the stones have cup and ring marks inscribed on the stones, the purpose of which no one is certain.

One of the standing stones is split in two (third photo), and was the inspiration for the split stone in the novel Outlander, now made into a television series.

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You can read this and more in my ebook on Scotland: Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland.


I am an artist, accountant and author living in western New York, transplanted from Denmark, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania (in that order!) I love the beauty of the world and sharing it with others through jewelry, photography, digital painting and writing.

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6 comments on “Clava Cairns, Scotland
  1. Wynn says:

    I love Clava Cairns.. Thnx for sharing this pictures !

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  2. Thanks for enjoying them. It’s a magical place!


  3. Was there years and years ago during the two weeks my wife and I spent in Scotland. We stayed only about a mile from there… Daviot Mains Farm B&B, maybe?

    She’s a HUGE Diana Gabaldon fan; some of my ancestors were of the MacPhails, and I drink lots of Scotch, so the trip was a good fit.

    Tried to make it to Orkney; I was too tired to drive anymore and thought we’d end up in the North Sea; we got lunch at Wick and went back to Inverness.

    And: “hidden Scotland?” Please. We drove through an industrial district in Falkirk, past smoking slag heaps, so I could take pictures of the remains of the Antonine Wall.


  4. Ha! I can just picture that. I tend to go ‘hard fun’, at least in terms of pace, on holiday. I don’t want to waste a minute – sleeping in is for when you are at home. However, I’ve long since learned that any travel companions are free to go their own way for the day, if they just wish to relax.


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