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Cairn Of Shiels

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Nearest Town:Laurencekirk (4km WSW)
OS Ref (GB):   NO74747174 / Sheet: 45
Latitude:56° 50' 11.17" N
Longitude:   2° 24' 50.56" W

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Just north of the Laurencekirk by-pass there is a minor road that heads south east and leads straight to Shiels Farm. Permission was given to park and I climbed the first stage of Shiels Hill. This is a fairly steep climb but at least it is on a decent track. Follow the track when it heads north but look east. A small, mainly filled in loch bars the way to the cairn. (after trying to walk on water near Inverness I gave this a wide berth.) So head north, then east after the loch (this is very boggy and has been churned up by the cows, who were quite friendly) and walk south along the top of the ridge to the cairn.

Fantastic scenery to be seen includes the Highlands, North Sea, The Mearns as well as modern additions, a wind turbine farm to the east. Still the cairn, almost Wessex like in style, seems in reasonable condition sitting over twenty meters wide, a platform on which sits a central mound over 6 meters wide. The height of the structure is over 1.5 meters. It is also made up from pebbles as opposed to rocks.

So a very lovely cairn, a fine walk and Aberdeenshire looks lovely. On the way down I headed further north to look at what resembled a cairn, it wasn't, it was piles of rubble from a quarry. After that it was back down the hill and onto the next site.

Visited 9/8/2012
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11th August 2012ce

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North Shiels (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Head north east on the track over the fence from the Cairn Of Shiels and enter a wind farm, walking for a 1/2 mile. How some of these wee cairns survive is nothing short of a miracle or more likely pure fluke.

Immediately before the second turbine is where the remnants can be found. All that remains is a 6m wide cairn that is at most 0.3m high. Some cairn material can be seen but is about all. Like the many other cairns in this area the views are superb.

If this cairn leads a charmed life then a nearby cairn was deliberately removed.

Sootywells NO758724

According to Canmore Sootywells Cairn stands at 15m wide and 0.3m tall. Sadly it has had a turbine plonked on top of it. There is no sign of the cairn or the nearby hut circles. I reported this to the people at Canmore.

Visited 28/5/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
10th July 2017ce

Shiels (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Unlike its near neighbour Cairn Of Shiels there isn't to much to see except a what might have been feeling. Still the cairn has fantastic views west and at least retains some kind of circular shape. How long this will last is questionable, there are an unbelievable amount of wind turbines appearing in the Mearns.

Follow the directions to the Cairn of Shiels, jumping the fence as the track veers east. What remains of the site is 9m wide and at its tallest is 0.3m. Still at least it remains unlike a neighbour to the north.

Visited 28/5/2017.
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27th June 2017ce

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