South Clettreval Chambered Cairn
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
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 Clettreval remains, take the single-lane access road leading east from Tigharry to the power station atop South Clettreval hill. Park at the top of the hill, just before the power station. The cairn and roundhouse are easily visible on the slope below.
You will have to hop the fence, and do wear waterproof footwear, because the ground is boggy - but this is the Hebrides, so you already knew that, right?
You will see the name of the site spelled several different ways, including Clettraval with an 'a', Clettreval with an 'e', and the Gaelic 'Cleitreabhal'.
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About South Clettreval Chambered Cairn
Address: Tigharry, North Uist, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Take the access road to the power station on South Clettraval hill. The site is easily visible downhill from the parking area at the top.
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Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Nearest Accommodation to South Clettreval Chambered Cairn:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from South Clettreval 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.