On route to this cairn we noticed there was loads of birds all around the road, it was all I could do to not hit any of them, when suddenly from behind the low wall a big brown buzzard took flight accompanied by crows and mappies, I know it's only a buzzard but theyre really big and very impressive in full flap just metres away, then it dropped it's prey, a wriggling snake, probably a grass snake after watching springwatch the other week.
As we approached down the road we spied the cairn over the wall, we audaciously parked in the fishermen only parking space (not on my watch aquatic abuse monkey) and walked back down to it, it was very boggy, but at least no trespassing this time.
It really does look like a ring cairn , even looking down from google earth, and Gladmans sensational gods eye view pictures though he hasnt pointed out the cairn but two seeminly unmapped cairns closer to the mountian.
It looks like a ring cairn because the interior has been completely excavated, half a dozen large stones seem to line the inside arc of the ring.
Just to the north east is Hafotty fach menhir, and a hundred metres north is Careeg y big next to a small hill perfect for surveying the area and looking down a bit on the cairn and stones.
And the area really needs a good survey because it's totally gorgeous, I almost forgot the other sites nearby and stayed for ages on this little hill.
Visited 15th December 2003: This is quite a large cairn, at least in terms of its diameter. What's left of it really looks like a ring cairn, with quite an obvious hollow in the middle. Access is straight-forward, as there are no fences or walls between the cairn and the road (to the north at least). Although it's a short walk from the road to the cairn, you'll have to get out of the car to see it.
This cairn is listed by the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust at the grid reference SH66391355 as 'cairn' of a period 'unknown'. It looks like a ring cairn, but according to Coflein it's usually enterpretted as a damaged round cairn:
A round cairn, 22m in diameter & 1.0m high, defined by a stoy bank, thought to be a disturbed round cairn, rather than a ring cairn. Has been suggested to have been a cockpit.
The cairn isn't marked on the Ordnance Survey Landranger map, but it is marked on the Explorer (number 23).