|Much more difficult to find than I first thought it would be (a look on Google Earth before setting out would save a lot of time! - the clearing can be quite clearly seen).
Set in a steep elevated forest clearing on the slopes of Bearn a Chlaidheimh, this Scheduled site has an awe- inspiring panoramic vista - from the mountains west of Dingwall to Burghead on the east Coast. How this would have looked a few thousand years ago gives food for thought.
I hiked through Forestry plantation from the cairn at Scotsburn wood West almost diagonally NE across the steep hill slope for approx 750m. through/over/under timber thinnings. With hindsite, a much less demanding route would have been to use the numerous forestry tracks which originate about 2 miles east on the Scotsburn road.
The effort in getting here was definately worth it.
Much of the cairn remains, although the central chamber has long since collapsed, the main portal stones are still visible.
There are a large number of flat, regular sized stones and a number of depressions visible within the cairn. There is also a huge amount of smaller stones throughout the site.
There is a smaller cairn about 250m SE(Unscheduled). This is much smaller and has been damaged by a forestry track which intersects the southern section of the Cairn. Again, there are a few large regular sized stones within an area of much smaller stone.
There are at least 6 known Chambered cairns within Scotsburn Wood (2 Scheduled).I am sure there are more - at least one is cut through by the Drove Rd skirting the southern edge of the forestry plantation.
Great exercise !! Bit Baltic though!!
Visited 3rd Dec 09
Posted by strathspey
7th December 2009ce
Edited 7th December 2009ce