Fitty Hill, Westray

Fitty Hill, Westray
(Davidson & Henshall. 1989. The Chambered Cairns of Orkney)
Type:Orkney-Cromarty.
Round cairn.
Tripartite or stalled chamber.
Location:Map
Notes:A prominently position cairn on Fitty Hill, with well-defined edges and which rises steeply to a height of approximately 1m.
 
The circular mound has a diameter of c17m but the central area has been robbed of stone and is therefore very disturbed.
 
Two orthostatic pairs and a fifth slab to the E appeared to belong to a chamber orientated roughly SW to NE.
 
To the south of the suspected chamber were two small slabs on edge, and a large slab 1.6 m long by o.8 m high. Their original function was unclear but the latter, which had concrete along its upper edge, had been used as part of a container for animal fodder.

In 1996, one of the slabs visible on top of the mound was reported to have collapsed. A subsequent site visit by county archaeologist Julie Gibson reported a possible secondary cist on the east side of the mound.
Links:Canmore
References:Davidson, J. L. & Henshall, A. S. (1989). The Chambered Cairns of Orkney. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Fitty Hill cairn (Raymond Lamb)
The Fitty Hill cairn in 1983. (Raymond Lamb)
Fitty Hill cairn (Raymond Lamb)
The Fitty Hill cairn in 1983. (Raymond Lamb)