Image Credit: Robert Gladstone
Posted by GLADMAN
28th June 2014ce
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Looks a great site. I've been up White Meldon but was too sleepy that day to visit Black Meldon, good to see what I missed.
Just like to say how great your photos from this trip look. I can't believe how many sites you visited. Amazing effort. I am starting to think you just set up a base somewhere in Scotland and send out an army of little robot Gladmans to explore the land and send back photos and fieldnotes to Gladman HQ :)
In retrospect would recommend probably heading west up the burn and ascending 'round the back as Hob says. The full frontal was way, way too steep! It would be great to have another view on the cairn too.
Thanks - think it was 60 or so sites in two weeks... which was pretty exhausting, but a labour of love. It was Kenny's Cairn which lured me up to the north again. Not quite sure why, since it's pretty obscure, but guess some sites get in the back of your head and won't go away. Then noticed Fiscary and the cairn beside Loch Hope on the map and reckoned I could cobble together a week tour before spending the second week on Skye. Had a page of brochs and duns for that all ready and waiting - thanks to Mr Hamilton. Needless to say never got to Skye since it took a week to get past Helmsdale! Strath of Kildonan absolutely blew me away.
Strath of Kildonan is an amazing area. I was in the pub in Helmsdale a few years back and mentioned I had seen a man with a big spade in Strath of Kildonan. The man behind the bar said that must have been "Klondike Dave". The next thing I knew "Klondike Dave" appeared and said he would take us gold panning in the Strath the next day. After a morning sent in Glen Loth, we met Dave near the cairns you have just visited and sent a great afternoon gold panning with him. A lovelier and more generous with his time man you couldn't hope to meet. On the downside I didn't get to see many of the cairns! Still there's always a next time.
From what I could see quite a bit of forestry's been cleared since I was last there in 2009 revealing some apparently undisturbed beauties. Reckon the area's ripe for investigation. I had to limit myself to the obvious stuff seen from the road.... but the map shows a lot, lot more.