Dun Bharpa Chambered Cairn
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
There are several obvious depressions in the cairn, perhaps indicating where individual burials were made. There has never been a thorough investigation at Dun Bharpa, but the cairn is so impressive that you have to wonder what archaeologists might find if they did excavate the site!
I know what I found; wind so strong that it literally knocked me over. Strangely, I didn't have a wind gauge with me, but consider how strong it would have to be to push a reasonable fit full-grown man off his feet. I supposed you could say that I was completely bowled over by Dun Bharpa!
The easiest way to access Dun Bharpa is to follow the Craigston road to the parking lot at the end, then follow the obvious farm track deeper up the valley until you come to the ruined blackhouse at the end of the track.
Turn uphill, keeping the farm fence on your left, and carry on for about 10 minutes until the dun will come into view in a gap of the hills above you. Wear good waterproof footwear as the going is boggy in places.
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About Dun Bharpa Chambered Cairn
Address: Craigston, Barra, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Follow the track from the Craisgton parking area. When you reach the old Craigston blackhouse, turn up the hill, following the fenceline. You'll see the cairn on the skyline above you.
Website: Dun Bharpa Chambered Cairn
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Borve Standing Stone - 1.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Dun Cuier - 1.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Macleod's Tower - 1.7 miles (Historic Building)
Kisimul Castle - 2.2 miles (Castle)
Allt Chrysal Ancient Settlement - 2.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Cille Bharra Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Pollachar Standing Stone - 9.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Hallan Roundhouses (Cladh Hallan) - 13.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Holiday Cottages to Dun Bharpa Chambered Cairn:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Dun Bharpa Chambered Cairn. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.