One of the highlights of the coastal track in South Scotland, the Cairnholy Chambered Cairns are a great example of tombs for the neolithic period. Early farmers built them to bury their dead over centuries. One of the best site to admire Stone Cairns Scotland.
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Cainrholy Chambered Cairns Scotland - video
Before I share pictures and more information about both sites, here is a brief video to give you a sense for the place.
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Cairnholy
The 2 tombs were built by early farming people living in the area during the neolithic period between 6000 and 4000 years ago. They were designed to house the remains of many people and were in use over many centuries. They may not have been built at the same time but seem to have been used during the same period.
Chambered Cairns are common to part of Scotland, Ireland and the Atlantic coast of Europe. Those Stone cairns required a major building commitment by the community.
As written on the boards: "Little is known about the burials themselves because the acid soil conditions have dissolved almost all the bones before the excavations in 1949. But objects buried highlighted long disance contacts for these primitive people."
Reaching the Chambered Cairns Scotland
The cairns are indicated from the main road. 5 min of driving on a single track road is required before reaching the parking. But as it is not a main touristic site, you will not cross many people.
Both tombs are essentially very similar, built to the same basic design but Cairnholy I is more important and with a curved facade of standing stones around the forecourt in front of the tomb.
A short track leads to the second chambered cairn. Smaller but on higher ground and with great views!
Cairnholy II is simpler than the other chambered tomb. The entrance is between two large portal stones which lead to an antechamber. Beyond is a seal chamber covered by a capstone.
A beautiful surrounding scenery
I also recommend getting up there on a clear day for the surrounding scenery: the green hills and farming land, and views over the South Scottish coastline.
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