Corrimony Chambered Cairn

Nine miles west of Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness, and going towards Glen Affric, a little road on the left takes you into the upland valley of Corrimony.

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A whole day could easily be spent here, exploring the chambered cairn and other historical remains and walking in the RSPB nature reserve.

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Corrimony Cairn dates from over 2000BC and is one of the Clava-type cairns, common in this part of Scotland. They take their name from the well-known cairns at Balnuaran of Clava,  near Inverness.

The cairn has a passage leading into a well-preserved round chamber and is surrounded by a circle of about 12 standing stones.

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The passage of Corrimony Cairn
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Looking down into the chamber of Corrimony Cairn

The cairn material consists of water-worn stones sourced from the River Enrick which runs through the valley.

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On the top of the cairn lies a large slab bearing cup marks – probably the cap-stone of the chamber

A short walk from the cairn takes you to the end of the road and from there you can follow other paths and tracks to explore further.

On the left is Killuradan Graveyard (the graveyard of St. Uradan), thought to have been the site of St. Curitan’s Chapel (around 700-750AD). A 19th century wall surrounds the graveyard and set into the NE wall is a triangular basin stone, probably from the original chapel.

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Basin Stone and plaque bearing a Gaelic inscription

Also at the end of the road, across the hump-backed bridge, is Old Corrimony House, built in 1740 during the time when Corrimony was a barony.

Further up the valley is the site of New Corrimony House, which was a grand Scottish baronial style mansion, from the period when Corrimony was a prosperous Victorian sporting estate. The house burned down in 1951 and only a few traces remain, mainly the  wall from a terrace and some steps which lead down onto grassy slope, below which you can still make out where there was a small ornamental lake.

Mony’s Stone

One feature which still exists is the formal avenue of trees which lined the driveway up to New Corrimony House. Set among these trees is the 6ft high Mony’s Stone. Legend has it that it was erected during Viking times to mark the burial place of Mony, the son of a Danish king.

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Mony’s Stone

The car park at the cairn is also the starting point for an 8.5 mile long nature trail through Corrimony RSPB Reserve. The Caledonian forest and moorlands are home to black grouse, eagles, crested tits and Scottish crossbills.

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