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Clava Cairns
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Mysterious ancient ruins and burial chambers similar to Stonehenge.
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,044 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Free Site
    Just a short way from the battlefield, it is definitely worthy of a stop. An ancient burial site, it has several time travel stones as used in the Outlander series, so fun to have your picture taken while contemplating where to be transported. Plenty of free parking.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Kathleen V
    200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Returning to Clava Cairns!
    This was my 4th visit to Clava Cairns, a first in 2016 and then bringing a small group with me for 3 tours. The place never disappoints, even on a marginal weather day. Going on a weekday, mid-afternoon, was a great time as we nearly had the place to ourselves. Storyteller Lizzie McDougal shared legend and lore about the mystical place and alignment of stones. Of course, we all had to have our photos taken with a large upright flat stone that we think could have been used in Outlander for the time travelers.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Ian L
    Perth, Australia547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Map these cairns on your GPS
    Very interesting place to discover and learn about what a cairns is, a mound of stones marking a tomb. Amazing to walk around, and in to the middle of, what was built literally 3,000 - 4,000 years ago. There are also large stones set up in a circle surrounding the cairns. Signage is poor/non-existent so map out the route on GPS before driving in. Drive slowly and carefully as the road is often single lane with blind corners. Not busy but there were some inconsiderate car and tractor drivers around… The background information on the notices around the site really helps give visitors like us insight into what we're seeing, well worth a visit. And it’s free!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • MorayJohnny
    Princeton, New Jersey387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neolithic Burial Site - Clava Cairns
    if you are a fan of outlander, you are familiar with the stones that Claire uses for time travel. Clava Cairns, in the Scottish Highlands near Lowden battlefield and Inverness, is the real thing, and it served as the inspiration for the fictional circle of stones in outlander. It is a Bronze age burial and religious site dating back some 4,000 years that comprises two tombs or Cairns; Balnuaran of Clava and Milton of Clava. There are several of the cairns, or stone structures, in addition to the standing stones which are also present. It is a quiet, tranquil place, and there are about 50 of this type of cairn in this area. The three prominent cairns form lines aligned with the winter solstice and show remnants of forgotten beliefs carved into the stones. So, for those looking to explore this atmospheric site, the Clava Cairns walk around here is majestic. It is free to enter, and when we visited on a weekday mid-morning, there were only about 5 or 6 other people present. Clava Cairns is Scotland's version of Stonehenge, and it should not be missed if you are in the Inverness area.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Deb C
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clava Cairns near Culloden
    On our way to Culloden and saw the signs. The road in & out is tight but we were in a 7m motor home. The cairns, difficult to describe but worth the diversion to see them. Set amongst old Oak trees it’s easy to see why this area was chosen.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Pdonatyandkids
    Westborough, Massachusetts260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good stop…packed with tour buses
    We went at the end of the day and there were still tour buses with many people. The road to get there is sort of one lane in many spots. The sight has the feeling of magic. We would return but try and arrive prior to all the tour buses. This is a free sight and is nicely signed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 December 2023
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Ian L
Perth, Australia547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Just a great view into distant but amazing historical times. Cultures and traditions were different. Just great to still be able to see. And it’s tucked away under some leafy trees, in the middle of farming land. Not well signed but it’s on the map and parking is easy.
Written 6 March 2024
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Peter G
Glasgow, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I can't believe I had never heard of Clava Cairns before, as this is an incredible site, easily on par with the likes of Stonehenge and the Ring of Brodgar. The main site comprises three large circular cairns, two used for burial and one of unknown purpose, each surrounded by a circle of standing stones. and all of it approximately 4,000 years old. Burial cairns and standing stones may litter the British landscape, but this site is unique in that it combines both. Thanks to the Victorians, these stones now nestle within a wood of elm trees, which makes the site even more enchanting and like something straight out of fantasy.
Written 2 March 2024
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Pdonatyandkids
Westborough, MA260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We went at the end of the day and there were still tour buses with many people. The road to get there is sort of one lane in many spots. The sight has the feeling of magic. We would return but try and arrive prior to all the tour buses. This is a free sight and is nicely signed.
Written 25 December 2023
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Nicole
Glasgow, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Such a beautiful and well preserved site. Was even better when the rain came on and everyone else left leaving us to enjoy the site alone
Written 6 October 2023
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Lara
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
One of the most magical places I have ever seen . It's an absolute place to visit. I went with a tour which explains the history and believes about this magic place. It you are a fan of the show Outlander you will understand why this place is considered a magic place on the books/serie
Written 5 October 2023
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Louise M
Castle Rock, CO3,604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This was the most mysterious and interesting site! There are three cairns and four standing circles. One of the cairns does not have an opening, but the other two do, so you can go into the center to see the amazing construction. While they are still learning what the exact function of these is, they are clearly burial sites. It will be interesting to go back in a few years and see what they have learned.
Written 1 October 2023
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NCtravelz
Raleigh, NC1,163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
What a fascinating place. It has a dedicated parking lot and great educational signage. The location is lovely and the Cairns are fascinating. We spent about 20-30 minutes here.
Written 4 September 2023
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Deb C
50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
On our way to Culloden and saw the signs.

The road in & out is tight but we were in a 7m motor home.

The cairns, difficult to describe but worth the diversion to see them.

Set amongst old Oak trees it’s easy to see why this area was chosen.
Written 30 August 2023
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Phoebe Teh Heard
Wrexham, UK683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
An ancient burial site of Clava Cairns. This Bronze-Age graveyard has survived 4 millennia and is a great spot to take photos.
Written 24 July 2023
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Donna C
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This was a fun place to visit. It has a lot of history and is fun to wander around in for 30 minutes to an hour.
Written 16 July 2023
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