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Black Wood Of Leys East

Kerbed Cairn

<b>Black Wood Of Leys East</b>Posted by drewbhoyImage © drew/LH
A group of three kerbed cairns in forestry, Cairn 1 at NH68903796; Cairn 2 at NH68833799; Cairn 3 at NH68973808
Nearest Town:Inverness (8km NNW)
OS Ref (GB):   NH68903796 / Sheet: 26
Latitude:57° 24' 47.59" N
Longitude:   4° 10' 58.01" W

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The third of the eastern cairns is also the smallest in size but like the others it is set on a wee knoll to give, back then, good all round views as it sits at almost 7 meters wide and is 0.8 high. 3 kerbs still stand on the northern side with the cist surviving at over 1 meter in length.

With the east side done it was time to head back west on tracks which could be best described as variable.

Visited 22/10/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th November 2016ce
Edited 5th December 2016ce

This was the second of the eastern cairns we visited and once again another wonderful kerbed site. Kerbs surround the cairn several of which still stand and are in view. Others are covered in moss and turf. The probable capstones mentioned by Canmore are both still there covered in vegetation. What might be a cist, Canmore says no but they might well be wrong, still remains in the centre of the site.

At over 10 metres in width and about 1 metre high this is still an impressive site.

Visited 22/10/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th November 2016ce
Edited 5th December 2016ce

The first Black Wood East kerb cairn we visited has at least 6 kerbs still standing, mostly like a street fighters teeth on the western arc (lots of gaps). Most of the way round fallen kerbs can be found. The cist still survives in the middle well hidden by turf but still has the remains of the stone coffin. A capstone can also be found on the southern side of the cairn.

From the fallen standing stone we walked east along the forestry track until shortly after the crossroads. From there we headed south east and walked straight to the site. Despite the cross country route underfoot conditions were pretty good except for the odd fallen tree. Probably a distance of about 3/4s of a mile.

The cairn still sits at 14 meters wide and is at least 1 metre tall. Another wonderful site.

Visited 22/10/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
31st October 2016ce