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Barns of Airlie Souterrain



Just up the hill from the Kirkton Of Airlie the Barns of Airlie is a fantastic souterrain in superb condition. Everything in the fieldnotes by Martin still applies except that one of the lintils is cracked and in need of support. John Easson, the farmer, informed me that the HS people in Edinburgh had promised some goalpost structure to support the stone two years ago. But no sign yet.

It is important to think of the atmosphere inside this place. There is a strange calmness inside the 19 meter structure, even the leakages seemed to add to the age of the place. SC will be pleased to know the butteries were eaten after climbing back out of the narrow entrance.

On reaching the bottom of the hill I met up with John Easson and he informed me about a cup marked rock and several querns that had been ploughed up. His father was also there, he had souterrains and standing stones sprouting everywhere. He was right, of course, and let me know about another fantastic souterrain plus several sites I hadn't heard about.

Visited 22/12/2014.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd December 2014ce

Comments (2)

Brilliant, great to get that kind of reaction. I must say everyone we spoke to about visiting sites in Scotland this year was really welcoming and friendly.

Very wise saving the butteries til after.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
24th December 2014ce
Barry Hill, Dryloch and Shanzie made sure the butteries were exercised away!! drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th December 2014ce
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