Grey Cairns of Camster - Long Cairn
Wick, Highland OS Map
Chambered Long Cairn Canmore
Also known as Camster Long Cairn

This huge cairn, more than 60 metres long and over 2 metres high, is part of a group of cairns known as the Grey Cairns of Camster. Camster Round Cairn is also part of the group and is just a few metres away.

The long cairn lies along the slope of a rise in a boggy area. It was originally two adjacent chambered round cairns. The space between the cairns was later filled with stones and then extended greatly to the south with horned forecourts added at either end. The extension was made with a low wall that disappears at the more southerly of the two original cairns.

The east-facing entrances to the two original cairns are now in a long side of the long cairn. These narrow low passages lead into large chambers. The southern chamber is split into rectangular areas by internal megaliths, whereas the northern chamber is a single polygonal space.

Images ©2003 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

0km Camster Stone Row Stone Rows; Standing Stones
0km Grey Cairns of Camster - Round Cairn Chambered Cairn
1km Lower Camster Standing Stones
4km South Yarrows Broch Broch
6km Cairn of Get Chambered Cairn
6km Hill O' Many Stanes Stone Rows; Standing Stones
7km Achavanich Stone Circle
12km Guidebest Stone Circle; Cairns
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)