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Carn Ban
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Carn Ban, viewed from the southeast
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Location Isle of Arran
Coordinates 55°29′17″N 5°10′53″W / 55.488061°N 5.181281°W / 55.488061; -5.181281
Type Chambered burial tomb
Periods Neolithic
Site notes
Ownership Historic Scotland
Public access Yes

Carn Ban is a Neolithic chambered tomb located on the Isle of Arran in Scotland .


Carn Ban is situated in the southern part of Arran, and a walk of 4 miles (6 kilometres) is required to reach the site. It is on a steep south-west facing slope in a forest clearing partly covered in grass.

It is considered as one of the most famous of the Neolithic long cairns of south-west Scotland. It is of a type found across south-west Scotland known as a Clyde cairn. It is trapezoidal in shape, with a semicircular forecourt at the upper northeast end. The forecourt has an entrance leading into a long chamber divided into compartments by cross-slabs, similar to the arrangement at Torrylin Cairn, about 3 mi (5 km) to the southwest. The chamber of Carn Ban is 30 metres long and 18 metres broad. The tomb was excavated in the late 19th century, but the only finds were a flint flake, an unburnt fragment of human bone, and a pitchstone flake. The site has been designated a scheduled ancient monument by Historic Environment Scotland.

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