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North Uist, South Clettraval

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
  • Alternative name(s)
  • Canmore ID
  • Site type
  • Parish
  • Council
  • NGR
    NF 74998 71369
  • Latitude, longitude
    57.614749N, 7.445027W
  • Archaeological notes
    NF77SW 15 7499 7135. A Clyde-type, chambered long cairn, wedge-shaped, 95ft (29m) long E-W with, at the E end, an impressive facade, mainly orthostatic, through which the chamber, c. 34 1/2 ft (10.5m) long, was entered and in front of which was a paved forecourt. A kerb consisting of massive blocks, averaging 2 1/2ft (0.7m) high can be traced in stretches. The cairn was severely damaged and robbed for the building of an iron age aisled round-house (NF77SW 24) which was inserted into its W end. The site was excavated by Scott in the 1930s and 1940s; finds from the cairn, now in NMAS, include beaker sherds. E Beveridge 1911; RCAHMS 1928;W L Scott 1935; 1947; A S Henshall 1972. This chambered cairn is so mutilated that only the chamber and passage are surveyable. Visited by OS 17 June 1965. This chambered cairn is situated on the leading edge of a terrace in peat moorland and is largely as planned and described by Henshall. The cairn material has been heavily robbed for the construction of an Iron Age round house that overlies its W end (NF77SW 24). At its E end, the orthostats of its once impressive facade have fallen and lie displaced, those on the S originally forming a near continuous line of six slabs reducing in height towards the outer edge of the cairn. The chamber, entered from the E, comprises five compartments and is set on a slight curve, though it is not central to the surviving cairn material. Visited by RCAHMS (ARG, SPH) 31 August 2009
  • Architectural notes

Related material information


  • 10106 (24/4/2005)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the radar station with the remains of the chambered cairn and aisled house adjacent, taken from the SSE.
  • 10106 (2/9/1904)
    General View
  • 10106 (2/9/1904)
    General view of cairn
  • 10106 (2/9/1904)
    General view of cairn
  • 10106 (1974)
    M. Harman 1974-5
  • 10106 (1974)
    M. Harman 1974-5
  • 10106 (1974)
    M. Harman 1974-5
  • 10106 (1974)
    M. Harman 1974-5
  • 10106 (1974)
    M. Harman 1974-5


  • 1238565 (31/8/2009)
    View from E showing orthostats forming S half of the facade.
  • 1238564 (31/8/2009)
    View from E showing the S slab and end slab of the innermost compartment.
  • 1238562 (31/8/2009)
    View of chamber from E.
  • 1221526 (31/8/2009)
    View of chamber from E. Including Mr Ian Parker and Mr Stratford Halliday, both RCAHMS.


  • 1112608 (2/9/1904)
    General view of cairn
  • 1112602 (2/9/1904)
    General view of cairn.
  • 1111867 (2/9/1904)
    General View
  • 1319055 (5/12/2012)
    North Clettraval, Chambered cairn & aisled roundhouse, Ground plan.
  • 1312363 (19/9/2012)
    North Clettraval, Chambered cairn & aisled roundhouse, Ground plan.


  • 10106 (19/12/2014)
    RCAHMS Archaeological Survey, North and South Uist, 2012-3. Report.
  • 10106 (19/9/2012)
    North Clettraval, Chambered cairn & aisled roundhouse, Ground plan


  • 10106 (19/9/2012)
    Survey drawing; North Clettraval, Chambered cairn & aisled roundhouse, ground plan.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Inverness-shire (Hebrides), Sheet XXXIV1878