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South Brideswell

Ring Cairn

<b>South Brideswell</b>Posted by drewbhoyImage © drew/amj
Nearest Town:Ballater (20km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   NJ50971001 / Sheet: 37
Latitude:57° 10' 41.97" N
Longitude:   2° 48' 39.89" W

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South Brideswell 2 Cairn(s)

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This place is a bit of a nightmare to find within the maze of roads in the Cushnie valley. Leave the A980 just south of the Muir Of Fowlis taking the minor road, west, to Leochel-Cushnie. Keep going until this road ends, then turn north, the next road east and don't turn the corner keep going. The signpost, on the photo, can be seen at the top of another minor road, follow this until it turns into a farm track. From here you can drive to South Brideswell or walk. I took one look at the road and walked.

I counted 14 stones remaining in place of the outer ring, others having been robbed their places still noticeable by holes in the ground. It is almost 23 meters wide, unfortunately agriculture has caused damage to the southern side, tractor tracks. Canmore suggests that the central round cairn, some 14 meters wide, was made during a second phase of building. Whenever it was built it isn't very high coming to less than a meter after the usual destructions.

Nearby is another cairn, and the hut circles of an ancient settlement. A hard place to find but well worth the effort. Some beautiful countryside is an added bonus, no rain was an unexpected bonus!

Visited 26/11/09.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th November 2009ce
Edited 27th November 2009ce

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Remember to look out for the "wee" sign at the top of the last road.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th November 2009ce

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South Brideswell 2 (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

This the largest of the cairns is situated within an ancient settlement being only a few metres from the ring cairn. It has been badly robbed, being now close to fourteen meters wide. As well as granites it contains a few quartzs.

In the same field are several hut circles and clearance cairns. Directions to this site are given on the field notes for the ring cairn.

Visited 26/11/09.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th November 2009ce

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This describes that this site is part of an ancient settlement containing several hut circles as well as the nearby ring cairn.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th November 2009ce

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