Clava Cairns
Clava Cairns
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Mysterious ancient ruins and burial chambers similar to Stonehenge.
Duration: < 1 hour
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  • Ian L
    Perth, Australia548 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Map these cairns on your GPS
    Very interesting place to discover and learn about what a cairns is, a mound of stones marking a tomb. Amazing to walk around, and in to the middle of, what was built literally 3,000 - 4,000 years ago. There are also large stones set up in a circle surrounding the cairns. Signage is poor/non-existent so map out the route on GPS before driving in. Drive slowly and carefully as the road is often single lane with blind corners. Not busy but there were some inconsiderate car and tractor drivers around… The background information on the notices around the site really helps give visitors like us insight into what we're seeing, well worth a visit. And it’s free!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • MorayJohnny
    Princeton, New Jersey387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neolithic Burial Site - Clava Cairns
    if you are a fan of outlander, you are familiar with the stones that Claire uses for time travel. Clava Cairns, in the Scottish Highlands near Lowden battlefield and Inverness, is the real thing, and it served as the inspiration for the fictional circle of stones in outlander. It is a Bronze age burial and religious site dating back some 4,000 years that comprises two tombs or Cairns; Balnuaran of Clava and Milton of Clava. There are several of the cairns, or stone structures, in addition to the standing stones which are also present. It is a quiet, tranquil place, and there are about 50 of this type of cairn in this area. The three prominent cairns form lines aligned with the winter solstice and show remnants of forgotten beliefs carved into the stones. So, for those looking to explore this atmospheric site, the Clava Cairns walk around here is majestic. It is free to enter, and when we visited on a weekday mid-morning, there were only about 5 or 6 other people present. Clava Cairns is Scotland's version of Stonehenge, and it should not be missed if you are in the Inverness area.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Deb C
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clava Cairns near Culloden
    On our way to Culloden and saw the signs. The road in & out is tight but we were in a 7m motor home. The cairns, difficult to describe but worth the diversion to see them. Set amongst old Oak trees it’s easy to see why this area was chosen.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Pdonatyandkids
    Westborough, Massachusetts260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good stop…packed with tour buses
    We went at the end of the day and there were still tour buses with many people. The road to get there is sort of one lane in many spots. The sight has the feeling of magic. We would return but try and arrive prior to all the tour buses. This is a free sight and is nicely signed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 December 2023
  • nickswlon
    Teddington, United Kingdom496 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and reflective
    This place is a 6 minute drive from Culloden and I would thoroughly recommend you make the detour. It’s peaceful and calming and it’s amazing to think they are 4,000 years old. You don’t have to spend long here but I’m so glad I did.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 May 2024
  • evilelf
    Islamorada, Florida116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazingly intact site!
    Simply an amazing place. So very intact. The minute construction details were incredible. We were fortunate to be here early before the large tour groups arrived. This one is a Must see! Best of the many we traveled to.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2024
  • Paul B
    Chirnside Park, Australia430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just wow!
    Located close to the Culloden battle grounds are these amazing four Cairns and three rings around 3 of the Cairns. Plenty of parking available and something you should not miss. Much smaller than Irish Newgrange but as interesting.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
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John B
Norristown, PA285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Clava Cairns is a Bronzed Age burial ground. It is a historical place where you can find tranquility. There are signs to explain things. Worth a quick stop.
Written 24 June 2024
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Paul B
Chirnside Park, Australia899 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Located close to the Culloden battle grounds are these amazing four Cairns and three rings around 3 of the Cairns. Plenty of parking available and something you should not miss.
Much smaller than Irish Newgrange but as interesting.
Written 13 June 2024
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Fiona
Canberra, Australia91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Wonderfully preserved historic site in a tranquil setting. There are a few signs with information that give further insight and context.
Written 31 May 2024
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evilelf
Islamorada, FL122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Simply an amazing place. So very intact. The minute construction details were incredible. We were fortunate to be here early before the large tour groups arrived. This one is a Must see! Best of the many we traveled to.
Written 30 May 2024
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nickswlon
Teddington, UK462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This place is a 6 minute drive from Culloden and I would thoroughly recommend you make the detour. It’s peaceful and calming and it’s amazing to think they are 4,000 years old. You don’t have to spend long here but I’m so glad I did.
Written 21 May 2024
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Thomas&Tammy
Hammond, LA112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were happy to see this place and experience it's history. There was a steady stream of people, but not too many. The area also holds some interesting natural scenes and even a huge arched viaduct nearby to photograph.
Written 13 May 2024
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Lara85
Horley, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited Clava Cairns as it was very close to Culloden Battlefield which we had already visited that morning. It was a very interesting site to visit. So peaceful! We spent about an hour looking around. We visited on a Saturday and had the whole site to ourselves. There are a lot of signs explaining everything.
Written 2 May 2024
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Ian L
Perth, Australia755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Just a great view into distant but amazing historical times. Cultures and traditions were different. Just great to still be able to see. And it’s tucked away under some leafy trees, in the middle of farming land. Not well signed but it’s on the map and parking is easy.
Written 6 March 2024
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Peter G
Glasgow, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I can't believe I had never heard of Clava Cairns before, as this is an incredible site, easily on par with the likes of Stonehenge and the Ring of Brodgar. The main site comprises three large circular cairns, two used for burial and one of unknown purpose, each surrounded by a circle of standing stones. and all of it approximately 4,000 years old. Burial cairns and standing stones may litter the British landscape, but this site is unique in that it combines both. Thanks to the Victorians, these stones now nestle within a wood of elm trees, which makes the site even more enchanting and like something straight out of fantasy.
Written 2 March 2024
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Pdonatyandkids
Westborough, MA252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We went at the end of the day and there were still tour buses with many people. The road to get there is sort of one lane in many spots. The sight has the feeling of magic. We would return but try and arrive prior to all the tour buses. This is a free sight and is nicely signed.
Written 25 December 2023
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