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Clava Cairns

National Grid Reference: NH 757 444 | off the B9006, 6 km from Inverness, Scotland
+44 131 668 8600
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Mysterious ancient ruins and burial chambers similar to Stonehenge.
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“bronze age” (29 reviews)
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National Grid Reference: NH 757 444 | off the B9006, 6 km from Inverness, Scotland
+44 131 668 8600
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Reviewed yesterday

Being a fan of the Outlander books I was hoping to see Standing Stones when I visited Scotland. I was not disappointed. I got to walk up to and touch the stones. Of course I got to see the burial mounds also which are fantastic...More

Thank DollyNcUsa
Reviewed yesterday

This is a free site with prehistoric numerous standing stones & several large stone cairns. It is easy to find & very interesting & atmospheric.

Thank lindaha324
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped by after seeing nearby Culloden battlefield. Very interesting bit of history. Plenty of space to park, and lots of area to wander around and take in the place.

Thank David M
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an impressive site, especially if you haven't been to Orkney. There are three grave sites that are 4,000 years old. But my spouse and I just returned from Orkney where the grave sites were 5,000 years old. So while this is good, it...More

1  Thank AggieREprof
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are 3 Bronze Age circular chamber tomb cairns named collectively as the "Balnuaran of Clava" which are essentially man made stone piled structures. You should note some man made groove works in the entrances at what would have been the front door. Good little...More

1  Thank Paul I
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a short drive from the Culloden Battlefield, this is a small site, but well worth a visit to see these ancient standing stones and burial mounds. Though I have never watched the series, Outlander is associated with this site, so any fans would find...More

Thank PeterLanky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clava Cairns includes both standing stones and stone burial cairns and was the inspiration for the standing stones in Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. They are in a quiet grove of trees and you can feel the energy of the spirits there. It is free to...More

2  Thank ERosewall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit on a quite Sunday morning. Would benefit from more informative signage but is worth a visit to see and feel these ancient structures

1  Thank kingthistle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a bit off the beaten path, but a manageable drive if you are in the area. It is especially interesting if you've spent time on Orkney so you can compare and contrast the standing stones and the burial chambers. I agree with other...More

Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The peaceful atmosphere seems largely due to some inspired tree-planting from Victorian times when someone mistakenly thought this was a druid temple and duly needed an appropriate atmosphere. We reap the benefits. It is peaceful and compact, easy to walk around and has some interesting...More

Thank tjsussex
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Jennifer S
How long should we expect to spend at Clava Cairns? Thinking about visiting Clava Cairns from 8am to 9am then head to Culloden Moor which opens at 9am. Would this plan work? We are going mid June.
19 January 2015|
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Response from sownack |
You are welcome. Have a good trip :-)