Kilmartin Glen: Ri Cruin Cairn

  • Near Kilmartin, Argyll


Reach the southernmost point of the prehistoric ‘linear cemetery’ on Kilmartin Glen’s valley floor.

Ri Cruin was extensively damaged during agricultural works in the 1700s and 1800s, and at one point a lime kiln was even built into the cairn.

It was once the likely resting place of a high-status prehistoric individual. We can tell this from the axe shapes carved into the side stone of a cist – a rare carving and a sign of wealth, also found at Nether Largie Mid and Nether Largie North.

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Open year-round.

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