Region : Orkney Home
Island : Mainland Map
Town or village : Kirkwall List
Grid Reference : HY 409 012 Glossary
Period : 3rd millennium BC Bibliography
Wideford Hill

Wideford Hill image

This well preserved chambered cairn, with three concentric walls, is splendidly sited half way up the steep slope of Wideford Hill on Mainland (Orkney). The almost circular cairn has a diameter of 13.5m-14.5m.
The tomb is dug back into the hillside. The low entrance passage, on the west side facing downhill, is 5.3m long. The entry is now through a hatch in the roof.
The passage leads to a rectangular main chamber, measuring 3m x 1.4m, with three side-cells. The cells were empty at the time of excavation (1849), and the central chamber was full of rubble and earth.
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