Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn #Orkney #Scotland

Back again to yet another Neolithic chambered cairn – this one, Cuween Hill, is the final one we visited, and I’m glad, because I can tell you, if this had been the first, I would never have gone inside!

The approach is up a steep hill (guess the name gives that away!), and it isn’t until you get up close that you realise just how low the entrance passage really is.

The only way to enter was by waddling through in a squatting position, unless you wanted to crawl on hands and knees, which would have been an option but for the large puddle which extended inside as well as out.

Now I’m really not great with confined spaces, and although I waddled my way in on my haunches okay, the moment I stood up inside, I wanted to get back out again. Having the only exit at knee height was a little more than my claustrophobia wanted to handle.

That’s the exit on the left of the photo. The entrance to one of the chambers on the right is at the same height.

This is a help-yourself visit, with a torch left in a box outside that you can help yourself to, which would have been fine if the battery hadn’tt have been flat. Fortunately, smartphones offer an option, so that’s what we used instead. Brian persuaded me to stay for a few photos, but I can assure you, I didn’t linger long!

I did find this piece fascinating – any people that revere their dogs this well have my approval.

Back outside (phew!) the view is glorious.

And on the hill behind, we found a startling collection of ‘modern art’

There is no explanation for these rock stacks – there were dozens of them – but they were clearly modern in construction. Perhaps some people wanting to leave their mark, and wondering how their creations would be viewed in a few millennia???


  1. Reblogged this on The Small Dog and commented:
    “Any people that revere their dogs this well have my approval,” writes Deborah Jay.
    I can only agree πŸ˜‰

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  2. I’m glad you put the human next to the door. I had no idea how small that was!

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    1. Yup, me neither until I got up to it!

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  3. What a luxury to be able to have all that ancient history near your home. I thought those stacks of cement? were lovely. ❀

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    1. I don’t think I’d realised until the last few years how much ancient history was in such good shape and within relatively easy reach too!
      The stacks were piles of stones, I assume gathered from the hillside. There are similar stacks all over the Highlands and islands, but not many as big as these. People seem to want to leave their mark, and at least this is an ecologically friendly way to do so.

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      1. Absolutely, and artistic! πŸ™‚ x

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