Camster Cairns
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Camster Cairns - the oldest stone monuments in Scotland?
Come north, far beyond the Highlands, to an area known as the Kingdom of the Cats, or the lowland beyond the Highlands. 100 miles north of the city of Inverness and with more Norse than Gaelic influences, the county of Caithness is unlike anywhere else in Scotland. One of Caithness's hidden gems is that of Camster Cairns, a pair of Neolithic tombs, which at 5000 years old are even older than the Great Pyramid of Giza. There is a long chambered cairn, and a smaller, rounder cairn, both of which - thanks to sympathetic restoration - can be accessed via a crawl along a short tunnel. Their desolate, windswept location on an uninhabitable moor, gives them an eerie, haunting beauty, as well as a profound insight into how Neolithic man dealt with death, for these cairns were believed to be burial cairns, as evidenced by the human bones found during excavation. If you make it this far north, make sure Camster Cairns are on your itinerary - in this lonely part of the country, you'll almost believe you've gone back in time to 5000 years ago.
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