A Walk at Kilmory – Isle of Arran, Scotland

After arriving at Brodick on the Isle of Arran and then visiting Brodick Castle we drove to the south of the island to Lagg where we were staying for one night in the Lagg Hotel. After checking in we took a late afternoon walk down a small path at Kilmory just to the east of Lagg. This small path took us down through fields to the southern coastline of Arran and offering beautiful views over the sea.

Lagg Hotel

The path passed the Torrylin Cairn which was in an adjacent field. Torrylin Cairn is a neolithic chambered tomb situated beside Kilmory Water just south of the hamlet of Lagg.

The cairn has been interfered with by stone robbing and later dumping of field stones and its original shape and size are uncertain. The chamber is 6.7 metres long by about 1.2 metres wide with each compartment about 1.4 metres long. Torrylin Cairn is of a type found across south-west Scotland known as a Clyde cairn, of which a better preserved example can be found at Carn Ban, about 3 miles to the northeast. The tomb would probably have had a crescent-shaped forecourt, framed by a façade of slender upright stones.

Antiquarian excavations in the 19th century uncovered an elongated burial chamber, divided into four compartments. Only the innermost compartment was intact. It contained the remains of six adults, a child and an infant. Beside them lay a flint tool and a fragment of pottery.


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