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Kerloch Hill

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Nearest Town:Banchory (8km NNW)
OS Ref (GB):   NO6965387877 / Sheet: 45
Latitude:56° 58' 52.28" N
Longitude:   2° 29' 57.68" W

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From the ring cairn at Blarourie head south west from back to the track and jump over the gate into the forest (the northern edge of Fetteresso Forest I think). Follow the track downhill until it meets up with another track heading south. Follow this until the trees clear on the eastern side, a weird wooden but 'n' ben can be seen with three outside toilets (they looked like that anyway), until a track veers south west. Until now the tracks have been in pretty good condition. Heading through the trees in a zig zaggy route the track basically resembles the bottom of a very rocky river, other parts have been washed away completely leaving deep ruts so the need for the Nordic sticks is a good idea to keep balance. Eventually the zig zags end and the tree line is reached. After a small climb the summit of Kerloch can be seen to the west.

The standard of the track greatly improves as a wee path heading north west to top can be seen. Go past the two walkers cairns and the cairn, which has a trig plonked on top (as usual) for good measure, can be seen to the west of the summit. How this site like Pittenderich (and a few others) has been missed is beyond belief.

The turf covered, with stones jutting out, cairn must be at least 15m wide and is over 2m high. Possible kerbs are dotted about here and there with a wind break built on the north western side. Stunning views, Aberdeen can be seen to the east, all the way south almost to Dundee, north to all the sites mentioned at Blarourie and to west the Grampians/Cairngorms. This truly is a stunning place! Closer to hand is the more modern wind turbine site to the south.

Thelonius had said this site would be worth a visit and he was most definitely right. With that it was back to the zig zags and the long trek north avoiding the drones.

Update

The site and a report has been submitted to Historic Scotland and Aberdeen Archaeology (who also said they would look into the condition of the zig zag track).

Visited 10/1/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th February 2017ce
Edited 10th February 2017ce