Carn Ban, Arran

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 55°29′17″N 5°10′53″W / 55.488061°N 5.181281°W / 55.488061; -5.181281

Carn Ban
Carn Ban Chambered Cairn on Arran - - 807980.jpg
Carn Ban, viewed from the southeast
Carn Ban, Arran is located in North Ayrshire
Carn Ban, Arran
Shown within the Isle of Arran, Scotland
Location Isle of Arran
Coordinates 55°29′17″N 5°10′53″W / 55.488061°N 5.181281°W / 55.488061; -5.181281
Type Chambered burial tomb
Periods Neolithic
Site notes
Ownership Historic Scotland
Public access Yes

Carn Ban is a Neolithic chambered tomb located on the Isle of Arran in Scotland (grid reference NR99102618).


Carn Ban is situated in the southern part of Arran, and a walk of four miles is required to reach the site.[1] It is on a steep south-west facing slope in a forest clearing partly covered in grass.[2]

It is considered as one of the most famous of the Neolithic long cairns of south-west Scotland.[1] It is of a type found across south-west Scotland known as a Clyde cairn.[1] It is trapezoidal in shape,[1] with a semicircular forecourt at the upper northeast end.[2] The forecourt has an entrance leading into a long chamber divided into compartments by cross-slabs, similar to the arrangement at Torrylin Cairn, about 3 miles to the southwest.[1] The chamber of Carn Ban is 30 metres long and 18 metres broad.[1] The tomb was excavated in the late 19th century, but the only finds were a flint flake, an unburnt fragment of human bone, and a pitchstone flake.[2] The site has been designated a scheduled ancient monument by Historic Environment Scotland. [3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Carn Ban, Historic Scotland, accessed 2 May 2014
  2. ^ a b c Historic Environment Scotland. "Carn Ban, Arran (39612)". Canmore. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Carn Ban,chambered cairn,Arran SM90051". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 

External links[edit]