Gourdon Cairn
Gourdon Cairn
Though the name suggests a cairn, the Gourdon monument is actually a long barrow, or barrow cairn, measuring about 46 metres long and 14 metres at its wide end. The barrow is oriented NE to SW, and is about 1.7 metres at its highest point.
The barrow is only partly covered in earth, with the remainder made up of irregular stones and small, rounded boulders. A short stroll to the south, on the steep seaward slope of Gourdon Hill, are the remains of a hill fort. Within a short drive are three other ancient sites; Cairn O'Mount burial site, Nine Stanes Stone Circle, and the Pictish cross known as the Fordoun Stone.