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Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava)

One of Iverness’ oldest and most unusual historic sites, the Clava Cairns, or the Stones of Clava are a series of stone chambers thought to date back to the early Bronze Age (c 2000 BC). The unique site, also known as the Balnuaran of Clava, comprises three sizable Cairns of stones, the largest measuring 31 meters in diameter, each featuring an outer curb surrounding an inner chamber of larger stones.
 
Located close to the Culloden Battlefield, the Clava Cairns lie in a picturesque setting surrounded by woodlands and close to the River Nairn. A series of 15 similar stone piles are also dotted around the Nairn valley. The Cairns, thought to be closely linked to other prehistoric stone circles found in the British Isles, might also have been burial sites, with a number of bones found when the Cairns were first excavated back in 1828. But while archeologists continue to theorize the origins of the intriguing site, the historic relevance of the standing stones remain steeped in mystery.

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Private Day Trip to Culloden and Clava Cairns from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Day Trip to Culloden and Clava Cairns from Edinburgh

Day trip from Edinburgh to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre. Then walk around Clava Cairns (4000 year old Standing Stones and Burial Cairns).  Driving ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $827.36
Full-Day Loch Ness Tour from Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Day Trips
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Full-Day Loch Ness Tour from Aberdeen

Enjoy a Loch Ness Day Tour from Aberdeen, with an optional Loch Ness cruise or a visit to Urquhart Castle with some Lunch

Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.43

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