Clava Cairns are an ancient and well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex consisting of passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairns, and standing stones in a stunning setting. It is free to visit year-round and located near Inverness. Clava Cairn is a highly significant prehistoric site dating back about 4,000 years ago with evidence for farming before its construction. The cemetery was used during two separate periods; firstly the building of three large cairns around 2000 BC followed by 1000 years later when new burials were placed within existing ones as well as three smaller monuments including one ‘kerb cairn’. Traces from another small cemetery can be seen at Milton of Clava which lies just up the valley westward while Balnuaran extended along a gravel terrace above River Nain where it seems likely that some material used to build them had been taken from demolished houses nearby.
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