LiDAR image of two horned cairns.


Statkraft and its local partners are seeking to improve public access and scientific knowledge of ancient monuments on the Hill of Shebster and Cnoc Freicedain.

As part of the wind farm construction process, AOC Archaeology Group were commissioned to carry out a detailed survey of Caithness. They used laser scanning in order to create a detailed 3D map of the historical remains hidden beneath the countryside. The survey is the first of its kind in northern mainland Scotland, and has identified sites dating from the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

The scans found seven horned cairns near the Baillie Wind Farm site. These are approximately 5000 years old and over 60m (196ft) in length. A public car park has been built to assist public access to these incredibly well-preserved sites. To further explore Caithness’ ancient monuments (including the largest concentration of cairns in Scotland) please go to the project’s website: A Window on Caithness’ Past or visit the BBC website here and here.