Balnuaran of Clava
Cairn complex - Inverness-shire
|NH 757 444 (Pub.)||Visited Aug 1987/ July 1999||Click on cairn to select|
For the megalithically
inclined, the cairn complex at Balnuaran of Clava is a dream. There are two
splendid Clava passage tombs at the NE and SW, a ring cairn, and a kerb circle,
all within about 100m! Despite the loss of their capstones and mound tops, the
Clava tombs are impressive, as is the ring cairn. The tiny kerb circle is
dwarfed by the huge cairns, and almost seems to be hiding behind the middle ring
cairn. The site, in a grove of mature trees, is well kept and pleasant, although
the nearby road actually runs through the circle stones of the SW Clava cairn.
Be warned, this site is mentioned widely in tourist literature, so you can
expect it to be crowded with casual visitors (we are talking coach trips here),
especially during the summer months.
If you are a megalithic fan, this site is a must.