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The Standing Stones of Stenness (Stone Circle) — Folklore

Tales From Eynhallow by Thelma Nicol

STANDING STONES

Mammy! Mammy!” Whut wey did that big stones git there?” Peedie Davo tugged at his mother’s sleeve. His mother was tired of Davo’s never ending questions about the great pieces of stone that formed the familiar landscape by the Loch of Stenness she promised, that if he was good she would tell him at bedtime, hoping that by that time he would have forgotten. She had not reckoned with peedie Davo’s determination to get an answer to his question.

“You promised Mammy,” he whispered as she tucked him up in bed. “Whut wey did they git there?” His mother shook her head and sat down wearily on the stool by his bedside. “Weel,” she began, “hid wis a long time ago and I canna mind the rights o’ hid bit hid wis afore the Norsemen cam tae Orkney, so they must be thoosands o’ years ould.”

“Oulder than Grandad?” Davo enquired, looking across the lobby where his Grandfather drowsed by the fire in the kitchen.

“Oh yass, far oulder than Grandad. There wisna many folk bade in Orkney at the time. All the folk lived doon sooth thoo see’s. They say that t he standing stones reach doon intae the grund twice as far as they stand abune hid .”

“Whut wey did they git doon there then I winder?” Peedie Davo’s enquiry into the origin of the Standing Stones of Stenness was proving to be more of a problem than his mother had ever imagined.

“Well,” she struggled on, “shut thee eyes like a good boy noo, and I’ll tell thee.” With fingers crossed that he would soon fall asleep she began. “Hid wis a midsummer’s night . The day hid been hot an quiet, not the usual breezy kind o’ wither that we usually hiv in June. The sky wis somet imes owercast and a rumble o’ thunder cam fae the direction o’ Hoy. There wis great flashes o’ lightning. A’ the birds wir quiet and the twa three folk that lived aboot hands wir huddled taegither. The bairns were a sleepan snug and warm under thir sealskin blankets.”

Peedie Davo’s mother paused and glanced hopefully at her small son. “Did the thunder come again Mammy?” he asked.?

“Oh yass,” she answered. “More thunder and rain like they have niver seen the like o’ afore or since. Suddenly there wis a great flash o’ lightning and the grund roond aboot Stenness wis thrown up like hid wis an earthquake. Some o’ the big stones landed upright and the grund fell back and filled up the holes except whar the Loch is noo. It filled up wae the rain water and so there’s been a loch there ever since and nobody’s ever bothered tae shift the stones so they are still there too. The twa three folk that hid lived in Stenness at that time wir thrown up in the air bit they landed in Stromness and decided to stay there. And that‘s the weyt here’s more folk in Stromness than in Stenness.”

There was a gentle snore from the bed and a sigh from peedie Davo’s mother as she whispered: “Whit a lot o’ lees thee mither tells thee Davo. Bit the truth is she disno ken whut wey the stones cam tae be there and nither dis anybody else. Goodnight Davo!”

St Ringan's Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

There isn't much left of the Saints cairn which sits to the east of the B974. A small heather/turf covered mound remains sitting at 8m wide/0.4m tall, with a scattering of cairn material. It is a well placed site as the Cairn O Mount can be seen to the north and a lot of the sites east of Laurencekirk also.

Take the track heading south on the east side of the B974. The cairn is situated next to the fence approximately 500 metres away.

Visited 18/5/2017.

The Ring (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The Ring is a cairn basically situated inside an enclosure, 19m in width. Sadly this cairn and its surrounds will soon vanish amongst the forestry thanks to recently planted trees. Along with trees, turf covers the 7.5m wide/0.3m high cairn. Hardly any cairn material can be sitting on the mound.

Take the first tarred farm road heading west, south of the Clatterin Brig on the B974 (Cairn O Mount road) which heads to Arnbarrow. After about a 1/2 mile, take the road that heads south east, follow the road round the corner heading south. Immediately after the pheasant feeders look to the east of the road and the remains of the site will be found.

Visited 17/5/2017.

Aswanley Wood (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Broch of Gurness — Folklore

Broch Of Gurness by Thelma Nicol

from the Tales Of Eynhallow

I wandered round these ancient ruins,
With thoughts so far away,
I thought of hallowed customs,
When people here did stay.

And then I touched some weathered stones,
Someone had built with care,
Fashioned with an artist's touch,
Although no tools were there.

A hollowed stone where once a maid,
Had ground the corn for bread,
Blackened stones upon the floor,
Say: "Here a fire was laid".

Some skins spread on the floor, perhaps,
To keep the small room warm,
And in this ancient home, no doubt,
Children too were born.

A thousand years ago or more,
These warriors hunted deer,
And fashioned with their work worn hands,
Bead and bowl and spear.

Perhaps a thousand years from now,
Someone will wander round,
The ruins of our modern homes,
All scattered on the ground.

Will some machine-made cooking pot,
Or factory-fashioned cup,
Remain a thousand years somewhere,
For someone to pick up?

Tillyching 1 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Hillhead Of Tillyching (Enclosure) — Images

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Tillyching 2/3 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Stranduff (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Clava Cairns — News

Vandalism at ancient Clava Cairns burial site


Pathetic :-(

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-40171195

Hill of Keir (Enclosure) — Fieldnotes

I approached from the opposite side of the hill that Thelonius tackled.

Parking at the end of Keir Hill Road, Westhill I walked up the farm track, north, which veers east towards Berryhill Farm. Just before the farm I jumped the fence and headed to the top of the hill with its impressive enclosure. The entrance to site is to the east with the width of the enclosure being well over 30m.

After a good look round it was further east to the Souterhill cairn, heading back to Keir Hill Road via Souterhill and Berryhill farms.

Visited 27/4/2017.

Highland (Mainland) — News

Iron Age broch recreated in Lego


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-40133597

Souterhill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

This time I approached from the Hill Of Keir, the hill with an enclosure to the west. It's a fairly short and not very steep walk to the shoulder between the hills. Over a fence and over to other the side which is an easy on walk on grass. At the bottom of Souterhill's western flank there is a small bog. Once over that it is over a deer fence, climbing over on the northern side.

People say some things get better with age and I'd have to say this cairn looks better since my last visit. Another kerb has appeared and the whole place seemed tidier.

One thing didn't change. The last time I was here I was drenched. This time was no exception.

Visited 27/4/2017.

Glen Wood (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From the Stone Of Morphie I walked to the A92 and headed south over the North Water Bridge which crosses the North Esk river, the border between Aberdeenshire and Angus. Take the first minor road west to Hillside, cross over the A937 and take the minor road north westish to Rosemount and keep going until a farm called the Three Laws, an apt name.

Just after the Three Laws take the farm track heading south. At the first dry stane dyke go south following the dyke. Just before the trees end, climb over the fence and head through the woods to western side.

Sadly two of the three cairns, hence the Three Laws, have been quarried out, removed altogether. The remaining cairn is in a terrible state. The width of the site is almost 20m but the damage is such that only some parts survive at 0.4m tall. Cairn material has been scattered everywhere making this once fine Wessex cairn barely recognisable.

Despite the sad end, a fine days walking completed by a hike back to Marykirk and eventually Canterland.

Visited 6/4/2017.

Stone of Morphie (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

From Morphie Farm I headed south back down the farm road, past the recent additions of standing stone, and walked east along this twisty road. Drivers here, like everywhere else, seem to drive very fast. Still I arrived in one piece at this magnificent stone. Standing at 3.5m tall it made me feel small.

With that it was on with the longest part of the walk across the border into Angus :-).

Visited 6/4/2017.

Maiden Castle (Pittrodie) (Hillfort) — Images

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Pittodrie Quarry (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — News

Nasa tests Aberdeenshire find for life on Mars clues


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8400025.stm

Pittodrie Quarry (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Images

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