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Aberarder (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

From Tynrich I headed south on the track arriving at the B851 near the bridge that crosses it at Bridgend. Follow the road west until the entrance to Aberarder House then head south west towards the farm at the Mains Of Aberarder. Go through the farm, through the gate, over the cattle grid and follow the track until a quarry is reached. Inquisitive deer might come along and give a nudge in the back.

On reaching the quarry climb the steepish hill which will take you the eastern end of the fort. To get into the fort a ditch and small rampart must be climbed over. The fort is almost 80m in length and at its widest 45m. At the western end there are 2 more ditches. Some stones mark the remains of a wall that almost surrounded the fort, almost as it appears that the fort was never completed. The entrance to the fort is in the north.

A good site this set amongst trees and man made ponds.

Visited 6/7/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd August 2017ce

Tynrich (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From Dhuallow I headed past the well behaved highland cattle to the B851 and continued to walk south west, heading for Blaracher farm. At this point I headed north jumping onto small pebbly islands to cross the River Nairn to reach Tynrich, on the other side.

It has been a long time since anybody lived here but the farmland surrounding is still well used. This work would cause the good vibe of Dhuallow to evaporate into one of dismay.

The cairn is situated at the corner of a field behind the farmhouse. In their wisdom someone has put a gate here and battered the cairn by driving tractors continually over. This should be a cracking wee site but sadly it has joined the list of 'what ifs'.

Still there is plenty to see. Several kerbs miraculously remain steadfastly in place, it retains its circular shape (just), a central depression might have been houked but I think its due to a cist being removed and cairn material lies scattered around. You would have thought that somebody might have realised that this was an ancient monument and tried to give it some protection................surely? It still stands at 9m wide and is well over 0.5m tall set quite close to the River Nairn, 60m approx., to the east.

After a bit of time wondering and wandering around it was time to follow the River Nairn, south, on a track which followed it back to the B851 and eventually Aberarder.

Visited 6/8/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd August 2017ce

Dhuallow (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From Carn Mor you can see the old croft at Dhuallow in the valley below, to the south. I'd imagine on a rainy day this would be a hellish walk but the recent dry weather the heather was easy to clamber thru. Only one small stream to jump before heading for a fence. When you reach the fence follow it going south west past the croft and a small wood. The cairn is a small distance to the north on the other side, as usual.

This is a nice wee cairn set amongst the beautiful scenery of Strathnairn. It sits on the edge of boggy ground at 12m wide and is 0.8m tall. Several kerbs are visible around the site which has had a small bit of houking. There is a good vibe about this place, inquisitive highland cattle keep their distance and for a change all is fairly quiet - no idiots racing down the B851.

Visited 6/7/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd August 2017ce

Carn Mor (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From the School Wood car park at Farr I headed south on the B851 until I reached Tomintoul House and asked permission to park, which was kindly given. The River Brin runs next to the road on which I headed south until Achvraid, at which point I headed west across a stunningly green pasture, jumped a wee burn and clambered up hill. At first through a boggy grassy area and then surprisingly dry heather. Keep going until it flattens out then head south following a fence. A wonderful place to walk with superb views of Strathnairn.

This fence finds another fence heading north west, follow this for about 60/70 meters and look for a mound amongst the heather, this is the cairn. It is always quite a strange feeling, to me, walking amongst heather when across the valley the hills are bare rock, in this case Stac Gorm and An Torr, almost like the west and east coasts of the Outer Hebrides.

Set amongst barely visible hut circles the cairn can be spotted thanks to the fact that it has been houked. Also helping are two visible kerbs standing out against the brown landscape. It stands at almost 8m wide and is around 0.7m tall, sitting to the south west of Carn Mor's rocky summit.

What a place, what a view, what a climb down to Dhuallow, far down to the south west in the valley below in lovely summery weather.

Visited 6/7/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th August 2017ce

Farr Church (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Just south of the village of Inverarnie, on the B851, and Farr Primary School I parked in the car park at School Wood. This wood is a wonderful idea for pupils to discover the woodlands and wildlife. Set up with European funds there is a wildlife hut open to the public to see what goes on with the promotion of nature in primary school education.

After a good look at the display I headed north on the track until it ran out, climbed two deer fences and headed slightly west. The cairn is easy to spot. Some kerbs still poke their heads through the turf on a cairn that has been damaged by ploughing. With beautiful views especially to the east and south the cairn remains at 10m wide and 0.8m tall. Farr Church is on the other side of the road to the east.

A fine way to start the day despite the deer fences.

Visited 6/7/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
18th August 2017ce
Edited 19th August 2017ce

Brin School (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

From the farmhouse at Creag An Tuirc simply cross the road into the field opposite. At the far end of the field is the River Nairn and the sheer cliffs of Brin Hill.

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The first and largest of the barrows nearest the road is almost 10m wide and 0.6m tall.

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The next barrow is smaller and squarer being 6m tall and 0.4m tall. A couple of stones that appear to be kerbs are more likely to be displaced stones.

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The smallest of the barrows being 5m and wide 0.3 tall. It is circular and has received some houking treatment.

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The second largest barrow is 8m long, 4m wide and is over 0.5m tall. It has a more rectangular shape than the others. The surrounding ditch is also more noticeable.

Brin 5 NH6630428933
This barrow is just over 5m wide and is 0.4m tall. It also has received some houking.

These barrows are set in a lovely location next to the old Brin School with wonderful views up and down Strath Nairn. Across the road is the hillfort and further down the road the start of the next hike. An end to an exhausting but fantastic day walking in the hills east of Loch Ness.

Visited 1/7/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
18th August 2017ce

Preas Mairi (Chambered Cairn) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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18th August 2017ce
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