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Craig Dorney (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Craig Dorney</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Craig Dorney</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Craig Dorney</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th July 2018ce

Raedykes (Ring Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Like other visitors to Raedykes I thought there was 4 cairns/stone circles, however according to Canmore there are five. Canmore is right, unfortunately they don't describe the complete nightmare to find it.

I approached from the north (on a beautiful crisp Spring day), from Eddieslaw looked for cairns here, sadly all ploughed out) and there are much easier routes. After ploughing through a bog, jumping several burns and jumping over several fences I made it to dry land without injury. From here its head to the top of the hill. On the hill several deer looked down, their thoughts easy to read....check that idiot! Polite version!

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This ring cairn is surrounded by a stone circle with 9 stones still standing, inside several kerbs remain in place. It has been described before. This is the site nearest to West Raedykes steading.

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Sitting a short distance west, about 20m, is a cairn half covered in jabby stuff. Still it looks in reasonable condition and looks like it might have a been a kerb cairn. It has been houked in the centre.

From here I walked past the high gorse, jabby stuff etc to the most famous site.

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This is a truly fantastic site with truly fantastic scenery to match the imposing standing stones which appear to be looking west, imo. Apart from these stones smaller stones still stand whilst others have fallen. The inner kerb is in the same condition. Sweetcheat's oft used phrase 'gentle restoration' screams here. Maybe one day!

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Slightly to the north of the previous there is a small cairn. A small ditch appears to lead to the possible remnants of a cist. Several kerbs also remain in place.

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I walked back past the famous standing stones to look south at the highest of the gorse, whins etc over a fairly ruined fence. There was no way through except to crawl or throw myself into the gorse. After what seemed ages I made it through to the tiniest of clearings. If you find this you are standing on the cairn. Crawling round the edges I found several kerbs still in place. It is almost 7m wide and 0.5m high. There is a small hollow in the middle but nothing to suggest serious damage..........to the cairn.

As for me, another battering but it doesn't matter as Raedykes is one of my favourite places, an essential visit if in the area.

Visited 15/3/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd May 2018ce

Wheedlemont (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Wheedlemont</b>Posted by thelonious<b>Wheedlemont</b>Posted by thelonious<b>Wheedlemont</b>Posted by thelonious thelonious Posted by thelonious
20th May 2018ce

Wheedlemont (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

19/05/2018 - As the weather was so fine we decided to make a day of it and take the longer approach from the west. We parked at Glackhead (NJ 44382797) on the A971, a lovely scenic road from Rhynie to Cabrach.

A steep climb up Orditeach then little ups and downs over fine rocky tops to Turf Hill. Great view from here east to our way to Cnoc Cailliche hillfort. I've been wanting to visit this area for some time as it looked good from Tap o' Noth. Rocks and boulders everywhere. The walk from Turf Hill was easy going. No access problems.

If yellow has a smell, it's gorse on a sunny day, it was wonderfully strong on the last little climb that brought us to the top of Cnoc Cailliche.

It's a nice fort with grassed over ramparts. Location is excellent and well worth a visit. Great views of the surrounding area.

We made our way back via Red Craig (fine place for a brew). A lovely sunny day out.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
20th May 2018ce

Ferneyhowe (Long Cairn) — Images

<b>Ferneyhowe</b>Posted by thelonious thelonious Posted by thelonious
15th May 2018ce

Knockargety Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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15th May 2018ce
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