Tordarroch

Clava Ring Cairn - Inverness-shire

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NH 68033 33477 (GPS 60min) Diameter 34.1m* (meas.)
Visited July 1999 No magnetic anomalies**

Tordarroch is a large clava ring-cairn in a ruinous state. According to the text books, the surrounding stone circle has seven of an estimated eleven stones remaining, we counted eight, perhaps there is an impostor in there somewhere! A good arc of the ring-cairn outer kerbs survive SE to SW, but there is very little left of the inner circle of kerbs. One large outer kerbstone at the SSW is decorated with many cupmarks on what was originally its inner face, this stone has fallen outwards and the markings are now facing upwards. The decorated kerbstone is also aligned from the cairn centre with the largest of the circle stones which is also the direction of the major southern moonset. The cup-marking of stones positioned on lunar alignments is often found in megalithic sites in this region.

* Diameter of circle, ring-cairn kerbs outer diameter was 20.5m
** Only circle stones tested.

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