Cameron Home Farm
Balloch, West Dumbartonshire
Chambered Cairn; Cup Mark Canmore HES

This Clyde-Solway type long cairn is both easy to find and hard to see; it's right in the kink of a small L-shaped forestry plantation, but it's a low grassy mound and covered in both standing and storm-felled trees. And there is plenty of interest there.

There are a number of largish stones that were presumably once part of the facade. One large moss-covered boulder is decorated with eight clear circular cup marks on one face, and as many as ten more shallower depressions which may also be cup marks.

The main body of the cairn is reported to now be about 25 metres by 12 metres. There is a cutting along much of the length of the cairn, possibly from an "investigation" made around 1800. In this cutting you can see a number of chambers and burial kists.

Under some of the fallen trees where the roots have held the structure together, the layers of flagstones and rubble show up clearly.

Images ©2016 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

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6km Shantron Cup and Ring Marks
10km Stockie Muir Chambered Cairn
12km Garadh Ban Wood Chambered Cairn
12km St. Maha's Well Standing Stone; Well
15km Craigenkirn Long Cairn? Modern Ruin? A combination?
16km Whitehill Cup and Ring Marks
16km Blanefield Standing Stones; Cairn
19km Broadgate Farm Standing Stone
19km Strathblane Parish Church Standing Stone
20km Bearsden Bathhouse Roman Fort
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)