South Clettreval Chambered Cairn
South Clettreval Chambered Cairn
There are several prehistoric monuments on the sourthern slope of South Clettraval hill. The easiest to access is a fascinating combination of an aisled house and a chambered cairn. The cairn was established first, and the aisled house was later built over the west end of the cairn. The whole site was enclosed within an enclosure wall.
Finds of pottery discovered during excavations in the 1930s are kept at the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. These finds suggest that the site was occupied as early as the 1st century AD and was not completely abandoned until the 6th century.

Neither the house nor the cairn is terribly large, but it is easy to make out the structure from the surviving stonework. The roundhouse measures about 7.5 metres diameter, with very thick walls up to 2.2 metres wide. Further down the hill is a possible standing stone and another chambered cairn, known as Tighe Cloiche.

To reach the South Clettraval remains, take the single-lane access road leading east from Tigharry to the power station atop South Clettraval hill. Park at the top of the hill, just before the power station. The cairn and roundhouse is easily visible on the slope below. You will have to hop the fence, and do wear waterproof footwear for the ground is boggy - but this is the Hebrides, so you already knew that, right?