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Caves of Kilhern

Chambered Tomb


Phew, what a full-on beauty to end the day with. Bang on!

Like nearby Cairn na Gath, this site is also accessed via the Southern Upland Way, a steep, waymarked track climbing away from the minor New Luce road near a burnt mound. The route contours around to the right of a farm, beside a forestry line, before rejoining the track and crossing heavily 'hoof marked' ground to a sign indicating the monument to the left.

A phalanx of wind turbines stand astride the skyline as I complete the final approach, the sloping, slatted fenceline curiously having no stile.
Once across, I begin to count the chambers within the long cairn... one at the southern apex; a lateral within the left hand (western) flank; at least one further lateral to the east (possibly two?); and, last but most definately not least, a fine, northern chamber bearing capstone. Not bad, then.

As I venture inside the latter, a small vole pops up and looks me up and down before scurrying off, as if to say 'Oi, I don't want the likes of you in my house thank you very much'. That may well be, but I'm afraid the creature has no choice in this instance since this is an exquisite little chamber. The light of this fine evening is equally exquisite, the site a perfect hang. I finally leave gone nine to sleep where I'm parked.... I've been in worse places.
5th June 2010ce
Edited 5th June 2010ce

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