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“Spiritual Experience”
Review of Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns
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Full-day Loch Ness, Culloden, and Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness
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Private Shore Excursion: Invergordon to Culloden, Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle...
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Mysterious ancient ruins and burial chambers similar to Stonehenge.
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I was mesmerized by the site of the 3,000-4,000 year old man-made stone memorial set off in a quiet area just past the Culloden Battlefield. It was remarkable to find the area in such a well-preserved state. I loved the peaceful calm that seemed to settle over me here. I wouldn't miss it.

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The Clava Stones are very close to Culloden but are well worth a visit in their own right. The site is very peaceful and in contrast to the exposed battlefield of Culloden it feels a couple of degrees warmer. I have visited a few time just for the feeling of ancientness and peace - the birds are usually singing and the sun shines - but that could be an illusion. Its interesting to speculate on the people that built the Cairns and lived in the region.

If you want a feeling of peace and are interested in ancient history - the visit the Clava stones.

Thank dazmagat
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

I was very excited to visit this site, and thrilled to find that it was so close to the Culloden battlefield. I love ancient history, so getting to visit these cairns was quite a treat. There's a small car park at the entrance of the site, and after passing through a gate, you're free to explore at your leisure. There are three large cairns, each of them signed to give a bit more info. It was amazing to be able to walk right up to them and actually stand in the middle of two of them. We didn't stay more than 20 minutes or so, but it was still definitely worth a look.

Thank DP79DC
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We visited this area in August 2011. We did not drive at the time so luckily we had a nice taxi driver who drove us around and waited for us in the parking lot. This was was so beautiful, and we were the only ones there! There is so much ancient history there, and you can sit in the grass amongst the stones and trees. It was also free! This is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. It was a more rewarding experience because it was so quiet, as opposed to visiting other sites like Stonehenge.

Thank Marie b
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Despite only being a few miles from the Culloden, Clava Cairns was surprisingly empty on an afternoon in June. That made wandering among the stones, which date back as far as 2,000 BCE, an intimate and impressive experience. The mounds are subtly marked so as not to take away from the visual impact. However, don't expect Stonehenge's scale. These are smaller stones and mounds. But unlike Stonehenge, this site isn't on the side of a highway, so that's a major plus. Well worth a visit, especially if you're already at Culloden. Also, there are 2 nice picnic tables nearby for a quiet lunch, and admission to the site is free.

Thank dmp22
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