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“Moving and interesting”
Review of Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Mysterious ancient ruins and burial chambers similar to Stonehenge.
McHenry, Illinois
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39 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Moving and interesting”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Worth stopping to see especially if you are driving in the area. It does not take long to visit the cairns and they are lovely and "mystical" as described by my son.

Visited June 2013
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Beaufort, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“If you love history, track it down!”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Though close to Culloden, you really have to hunt for Clava Cairns. Not well signed at all. Almost as if they really don't want you to find it. As a result it is seldom crowded, unless a tour bus manages the journey on narrow roads.

A magnificent site for those of an historical bent. Very well preserved and well worth the effort to find it. Explanatory plaques placed around are quite helpful in understanding the evolution of the site.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Off the Beaten Path and an interesting historic Mystery”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

If you make it to the Culloden Battlefield this is about a 1.5 miles away and worth the detail. On its own I am not sure its worth the excursion, especially if you don't have a car. It depends if this sorta prehistoric site is your cup of tea. Its different than the battlefield because it is thousands of years old, but really quite cool. Run by Historic Scotland the site is free.

Its accessible by bus if you go to the Culloden Battlefield and then walk the 1.5 miles to the site. The docents at the Culloden Battlefield gave very simple and easy to follow directions. Its a lovely walk with views of the hill and Nairn Viaduct. I did both the Clava Cairns, walking to and from them, and the Culloden Battlefield in two hours, but most people would probably need 3-4 to give both sites justice.

Small group tours often stop here because its a free excursion. For toilets go to the Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre.

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
“A bit difficult to find”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We ended up at the Culloden Battlefield and the nice young man there provided us with a map that he had drawn (with many photo copies of because he gets the question on how to get there often). These cairns are just a hop skip and a jump from here. We have seen cairns in many different states, sizes, etc but never 3 of them together with standing stones surrounding them. This sites is truly impressive!!! The middle one still has its interior stone slabs but sadly the exterior ones do not. You can walk into the cairns on the outside so you can get a feel for what it is like from the inside. I only ask that people be respectful and not climb on them (as the sign outside them states) so future generations can enjoy these too. The site and parking are free.

Visited September 2013
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Goodyear, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Ancient mystery”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

An earlier visit to Clava Cairns painted such a positive and lasting memory that it was one of the first things I put on the itinerary for a recent trip with my husband and a friend. You may be familiar with the standing stones in Scotland but the cairns at Clava are rather unique in construction and the quiet presence of history is all around you as you view the site. Trees planted in the Victorian era lend it a romantic and somewhat eerie air so that you can almost picture Druidic rites taking place. You can wander at will and enjoy your visit without a crush of people or the usual clatter of a visitor's center with gift shop, restaurant etc. because it isn't well promoted. And therein lies the magic..... If you are looking for an "off the beaten path" atmospheric glimpse of a time long past near Inverness, this is a gem.

Visited August 2013
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