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Costa Hill

Round Barrow(s)

<b>Costa Hill</b>Posted by widefordImage © wideford
Nearest Town:Stromness (21km S)
OS Ref (GB):   HY30722953 / Sheet: 6
Latitude:59° 8' 49.68" N
Longitude:   3° 12' 40.32" W

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Viewed from road 9.6.12

Visible as a low mound half way up the hill – at least I think this was the Barrow!

Canmore states:
‘This is a well shaped turf covered Barrow on a conspicuous false crest. It is 12m in diameter and 1.2m high’.
Posted by CARL
18th July 2012ce

This can easily be seen on the northern half of the Loch of Swannay side of Costa Hill when coming up from Evie, a mound with two layers of vegetation. However even when you know where it is it is a far harder spot from the road below, as the photo shows. My theory to explain this is that the barrow has a ditch and a [?low] bank, and that these survive best above and below as a person coming up or down a hill would avoid such big bumps along the way. Unfortunately being on my way to Birsay I did not go up and investigate. The hardy may choose to climb the wearyall to the viewpoint on top of the hill, where amongst the WWII radio station remains you can see for vast distances across Mainland and over to several of the other Orkney Isles. wideford Posted by wideford
12th June 2011ce


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RCAHMS NMRS record no. is a 16.7 by 15.2m heather-grown bowl barrow on uncultivated land. An excellent spot by Jane Downes. wideford Posted by wideford
12th June 2011ce