Whale Point, Sanday

Tombs of the Isles - Whale Point, Sanday
Whale Point. August 2022. (Dan Lee)
Whale Point. August 2022. (Dan Lee)
Type:Not known.
Location:Map
Notes:Known locally as “Whaal Point”, this feature is close to the track leading to the Holms of Ire.

Made up of a ring of earthfast boulders 2m in diameter and 0.8m high, Davidson and Henshall did not include the site in their 1989 inventory of chambered cairns. [1]

A lack of mound-related placenames in the vicinity supports Moore and Wilson 1999 suggestion that the site may be of more recent origin.

The presence of a large stone navigation/marker cairn nearby might explain this feature’s origin.
Links:Canmore
References:[1] Davidson, J. L. & Henshall, A. S. (1989). The Chambered Cairns of Orkney. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Whale Point. August 2022. (Dan Lee)
Whale Point. August 2022. (Dan Lee)