History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The barrow/cairn is covered with some very large stones. It is six feet high at the south-east end, diminishing in height towards the north-west end. Stones have been robbed from the south-eastern end of the cairn and there are deep holes in the south-eastern end, though no obvious signs of internal burial chambers. Most of the cairn is made up of pink granite.
A pair of stone axes found on the site are now in the Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead.
We've had differing reports from people trying to reach the cairn. One report says that there are double barbed-wire fences that don't allow you to get close, while another recent report says that it was easy to access the cairn by following the field boundary. We'd love to hear more from recent visitors.
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About Cairn Catto
Address: Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Four miles north-west of Cruden Bay, on the west side of the minor road between the A952 and the A950
Website: Cairn Catto
Photo Credit: Anne Burgess, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Buchan Ness - 3.9 miles (Countryside)
Arbuthnot Museum - 4.4 miles (Museum)
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum - 6.8 miles (Museum)
Old Deer Old Kirk - 6.8 miles (Historic Church)
Deer Abbey - 7.6 miles (Abbey)
Aikey Brae Stone Circle - 7.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Loudon Wood Stone Circle - 8.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Berrybrae Stone Circle - 9.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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