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Clava Cairns

Address: National Grid Reference: NH 757 444 | off the B9006, 6 km from Inverness, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1667 460232
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Mysterious ancient ruins and burial chambers similar to Stonehenge.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Mysterious ancient ruins and burial chambers similar to Stonehenge.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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228 reviews 228 reviews
114 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This amazing set of Clava Burial Cairns was constructed by druids 4,000 years ago/ The entrance tunnels to the central burial chambers are contructed in such a way that for one day in The Winter Solstice the sun strikes the entrance at just the right angle to illuminate the tunnel. This knowledge and the construction skills to build with such... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Visited here in the autumn with a friend during a road trip around Scotland. This place had a great atmosphere and hadn't been spoilt by being made to touristy like some other sites we visited. The trees create a sense of magic here and with not to much imagination you could see this place as a druids grove, even if... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Either visit in Spring/Summer so the area is surrounded by fully leaved trees. It's quite serene. Look at paleolithic burial tombs. 4000 years of history. Pretty cool. Alternatively go near the winter solstice if it's a clear day and watch the sun set over the cairns. Actually built so that the sun would crown the top of them and stream... More 

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Canby, Oregon
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220 reviews 220 reviews
69 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Clava Cairns, managed by Historic Scotland, is near Culloden Battlefield and Inverness. If you are at all interested in ancient Scottish history this is one site you should not miss. From the nice parking area you walk fifty yards and back 4000 years. The area includes several tombs, both chambered tomb cairn and passage graves, stone circles, standing stones, ring... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Luckily we had the place all to ourselves and were able to roam around and look at these truly unique rock formations and standing stones. If you are someone who "feels the energy" you will likely feel it here as my Mum did. Its a small park and doesn't take too long to see it all, we also walked down... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We visited the Clava Cairns with 2 teenage girls and a preschool boy. Lovely historical landmark, very interesting, outdoors, active and free. Highly recommend.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Or maybe it was just me. But there is definitely a spiritual presence there, regardless of what or who you believe in. There had been a bus tour group there when we arrived, thankfully they all left as we were going in. Being alone there definitely made it more magical. Able to walk in the passage graves, which were cool.... More 

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Hanko, Finland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This fairly small, but wonderful, Cairn and definetly worth the ride to get to! You really need to read about it yourself though, seeing as there isn't very much information out there. The split stone, of course, is perfect for all Gabaldon fans!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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101 reviews 101 reviews
49 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

If you like speculating why prehistory Celts moved thousands of stones to cairn mounds and circles, you will love this site near the Culloden Battlefield. You take some roads more like alleys so use the postal code IV2 5 EJ if you have a navigation system to find it. There are two passage chambers and a central ring cairn and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Clava Cairns is an enchanting, ancient feeling place an easy drive from Inverness or Culledon Moor. The property contains three burial cairns surrounded by wonderful standing stones. It is reputed to be the inspiration for Diana Gabaldon's "Craig-na-dune" in the Outlander series. I don't know if that is true but the 2000 year old site certainly grabs your imagination. Well... More 

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