Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Clava

Clava, a dismal plain in the Nairnshire section of Croy and Dalcross parish, on the right bank of the river Nairn, 6 miles E of Inverness, and opposite Culloden battlefield. It contains a large and very striking assemblance of ancient Caledonian stone circles and cairns. The circles vary from 36 to 420 feet in circumference, and many of them seem unfinished. Four of the cairns appear to have been constructed out of pre-existent circles; and one of them, on being cleared away, was found to conceal a passage leading to a circular convex chamber, 12 feet in diameter and 10 feet high. In the summer of 1881 the fallen standing stones were again set up, and the ground was cleared around the largest circle, when causewayed paths were discovered, leading from the base of the cairn to three of the outer standing stones. A great number of ` cup-markings ' have also been recently found on stones in this locality.

(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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Feature Description: "a dismal plain"   (ADL Feature Type: "plains")
Administrative units: Croy and Dalcross ScoP       Nairnshire ScoCnty

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