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Orde's Cairn



South from Dunecht, on the B977, turn west at the Old Wester Echt signpost. (just after the RSC). Go past the farm and stop at the next cottage.

Don't walk into the high fenced area thru the deer gate, this is the only gate that works so I walked all round the area before arriving at square 1. Follow the track till the next track heading south. Keep on this track till the Barmekin Hill comes into view. Head up hill and east following the burnt heather. To left is the Barmekin to the right is a small hill on top of which are the remains of a badly ruined cairn.

It is badly robbed to almost non existence but its outer edges remain with possibly one kerb in place. Some cairn material remains scattered amongst the heather. But remain it does...........just. A tree marks the centre of the monument.

The cairn is named after King Orde the Pictish leader, who died here, in a battle against the Scots. Any remains of a cist and its capstone have long since gone.

Visited 14/06/2010.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
14th June 2010ce

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