Clava Cairns - The sacred burial site

Clava Cairns

Outlander fans will be well aware of the popularity of the Clava Cairns, one of the best prehistorical sites in Scotland. Offering visitors in Scotland a similar experience to Stonehenge, the circular tomb is an ancient burial site close to Culloden Battlefield. Interestingly, the grounds are around 4,000 years old and entirely free to visit. Therefore, this is why history buffs love this hotly-tipped tourist spot.

An ancient burial site

One of the most sacred historic sites in Scotland, the mystical Clava Cairns is a Bronze Age cemetery complex. Tucked away in a beautiful woodland setting near Inverness, the captivating complex has become a bucket list tourist site for fans of the TV series Outlander. For example, there are about 50 of this type of cairn in this area. The three prominent cairns form lines aligned with the winter solstice and show remnants of forgotten beliefs carved into the stones. So, for those looking to explore this atmospheric site, the Clava Cairns walk around here is majestic.

Did you know that Clava Cairns prehistoric stone circle in Inverness was the inspiration for Craigh Na Dun in the Outlander novel and series? Excitingly, Outlander fans can now explore passage graves; ring cairns, kerb cairns, standing stones and burial monuments at the cairns. Moreover, they are the only cairns in Britain to be surrounded by stone circles.

Conspiracy theory fans have some wild claims about the cairns. From ancient aliens to time travel portals, this ancient Scottish cemetery has provided plenty to talk about. Nonetheless, this tourist spot near Inverness is perfect for those who love mystery.

Where to find Clava Cairns

This is a beautiful ancient monument site that can be found signposted from the B9101. Drivers can access the cairns by using the postcode IV3 5EU. Located close to Culloden Battlefield, this is ideal for those looking for Outlander tourist spots. View information on getting there.

Besides, there’s so much fascinating Scottish history. So, if you want to learn more about the exceptional services we offer, book your stay at Kingsmill Hotel today.

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After a day immersing yourself in Scottish history, head back to our hotel to put your feet up. Enjoy a delicious Scottish meal in one of our two restaurants and then sample one of our most famous exports in our Whisky Bar. Get in touch below to choose your perfect room or give our friendly team a call on 01463 257 100 for more information.

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