After a failed attempt the previous week I decided to try and find this cairn with help from the maps and aerial shots sent to me by Les Hamilton.
The previous week saw us approach from the east end of Mulloch Hill but the cairn remained hidden. We had probably missed the site by 20 to 30 meters.
This time I approached from the Nine Stanes end, west, and followed the forestry track heading north east. There is a choice of track fairly soon, I took the track heading south east. After about 500 meters I headed uphill to the top and headed east. The big trees finish and smaller younger tightly planted trees appear. Without damaging anything (meaning trees, my legs different story) I ploughed my way through, sometimes crawling in the hope that I'd bump into the cairn eventually. This plan almost worked, with the help of Mr Hamilton and a grid reference app the site was found.
Sadly the site has been smashed, trashed and planted on in a small clearing. In this sad state it still exists sitting at about 10 meters wide and at its highest 1 meter. Several stones remain earthfast, the probable remains of a kerb. Meanwhile the rest of cairn lies mostly strewn all over the place. This is another site that will soon vanish from view as the forest agriculture will take over.
If approaching from the east look for the 2 trees standing by themselves. Find the mid-point and walk about 100 meters into the dense stuff. Then head south and walk, fall or stumble on to the cairn.
Still the walks round Mulloch Hill are very good and the three nearby stone circles make up for the state of the cairn.
Westerton (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes
I headed south from the remnants of the cairn, crossed the track, jumped the fence and headed west. A fence runs through the middle of the 9 meter wide hut circle. The circular wall of the hut can be clearly seen, when at the site, and I somehow managed to walk through the front door which is in the east. Some of the wall is over 2 meters wide but is no more than 70-80 centimetres high.
Good views south to Cairn Mon Earn and Blarourie (a hill I will have a good look at very soon).
From the hut circle I made my way down to the minor road and headed west. The Nine Stanes RSC can be seen from the road. Just round the corner is the car park where the walk started.