Clava Cairns and Standing Stones...
On the outskirts of Inverness are the Bronze Age burial cairns and standing stones at Balnuaran of Clava. Dating back over 4000 years they are a fascinating glimpse of the very ancient past of the Scottish Highlands.
The remains of this ancient cemetery, set on a terrace above the River Nairn, are one of the Scottish Highlands most evocative prehistoric sites. The complex includes two well-preserved chambered cairns and a ring cairn, each surrounded by a circle of standing stones.
Clava Cairns and Standing Stones
By the alignment of the two well-preserved passage cairns, it seems very likely that the mid-winter solistice was of importance to the ancient society that built them as both passageways face south-west towards the setting mid-winter sun.
In more recent times, they have gained a wider audience with the success of the Outlander series - as they are very close to Culloden Battlefield they have become popular alternative to the fictional Craigh na Dun.
For a private tour from Inverness to the Clava Cairns and Standing Stones - Highland Discovery Tour inc. Urquhart Castle