Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available at Megalithic Portal.
|Scotland||Caithness||Northern Scotland||ND 26019 43791|
|Lat 58.3763793 Long -3.2666052|
Simplified plan of the Camster stone alignment. Black stones were visible and the green ones were identified by prodding. (Source: survey by H. Dryden in 1871). Original held by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and an online version is available here at Canmore.
|Type: Multiple||Length: 27m|
|No. of stones: 72||Size of stones: Small and medium|
|Orientation: 0°||Altitude: 110m|
|Upper end: –||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) :||Sea View: No|
|Context: Chambered Cairns and cairn|
|Notes: 6 rows. Most of the stones are now buried beneath peat.|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.
The rows are situated on a gentle south facing slope. The character of the slope means that the Grey Cairns of Camster are slowly revealed as you walk up the row. The deep peat in the area makes it difficult to define the precise position of the row, but it would appear that the rows are sited to provide a reveal. Forestry around the site means that other reveals or visual links are not currently visible.
Only two stones were clearly visible at the time of the visit. This one, which may may form the southern end of one of the rows stands 0.31m high (Scale 1m).
The second stone masked in vegetation forms part of the stone alignment (Scale 1m).
Grey Cairns of Camster Reveal
From the lower end of the alignment the tip of the round chambered cairn is visible on the skyline.
From the top of the row the long chambered cairn and a round cairn are visible. Neither of these monuments are visible from the bottom of the alignment. They are therefore revealed as you walk along the rows. The round chambered cairn is now much more pronounced and grows in size as you walk northward up the row.
Detail of the long chambered cairn and round cairn from the top of the alignment.
Detail of the round chambered cairn from the top of the alignment.
Road side car parking is available at ND 26223 43579. Cross the road and head towards the wooden stile. Then head for the gap in the trees and follow the forest ride until you reach the clearing at its end. The row is in front of you although it may take a while to locate it depending on the vegetation.
Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 222.