Driving along one of the back roads near Inverness, just 15 miles from home, I noticed a sign to Clava Cairns.
I was intrigued, not realising we had such an important historic site so close to home, so of course a visit had to be arranged!
It’s an atmospheric site, with a pervading sense of serenity as you stroll around and between the four cairns and three stone circles, trying to picture how they might have looked, and why they are specifically built and aligned the way they are. Of course we shall never know, but such speculation is stimulating, even so.
Contained in a single field (as it is now, with stone wall boundaries), the preservation of this site is wonderful, and indeed, as the above information boards tells us, in 1882 this was one of the first historic sites to be protected by law. The success of this protection is well in evidence.
The detail of construction of these cairns is highly impressive
The standing stones would have been stunning on their own, but in conjunction with the cairns, they impart a sense of history, with an edge of spirituality.
There is more than one type of construction here as well
You can still see some traces of colour in certain stones
It was such a lovely find, and so close to home, I feel a return visit will be inevitable…