Alvie Ring Cairn

Digital reconstruction of Alvie ring cairn, Easter Delfour, Badenoch.

Digital reconstruction of Alvie ring cairn, Easter Delfour, Badenoch.

Ring Cairn - Digital Model

Alvie ring cairn monument

Alvie ring cairn monument

A digital reconstruction of the chambered cairn monument at Easter Delfour near Alvie, part of a well-defined group of stone-built monuments found around the Moray Firth and Central Highlands, the so-called 'Clava cairns'. Often thought of as the burial cairns reserved for elite tribe members, their purpose is somewhat mysterious and confusing. The cairns combine several similar elements: a circular cairn with a platform on the outside, bounded by a ring of monoliths or standing stones which date from the Bronze Age (2500BC to 800BC). My reconstruction combines survey data with some influence drawn from the Balnuaran of Clava near Culloden, which is one of the best-preserved Bronze Age cairns in Scotland. Copyright: Bob Marshall / badenochstorylands.com / Cairngorms National Park Authority 2020.