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Kilmartin Glen: Nether Largie Cairns

A Neolithic and two Bronze Age cairns of Kilmartin Glen

Kilmartin Glen: Nether Largie Cairns

The Nether Largie Cairns are the middle three of five large stone burial cairns that lie in a 2km line running north–south along the valley floor in Kilmartin Glen. Known as the linear cemetery, from north to south they are Glebe Cairn, Nether Largie North, Nether Largie Mid, Nether Largie South and Ri Cruin.

All five cairns date from the late Neolithic and Bronze Age periods, around 5,000 to 3,500 years ago. They seem to be associated with other ritual monuments, including a henge, and settings of standing stones (such as Temple Wood).

The linear cemetery forms part of an even more extensive archaeological landscape, renowned for its prehistoric ritual and funerary monuments, including rock art.


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Region – Central and West

The site is located between Kilmartin and Nether Largie off the A816.

Grid references
NR 830 983, 831 985, 828 979.