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Blackhills (Stone Circle) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Kirk Wood (Leochel) (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The Kirk Wood cairn is situated to the north of Leochel Cushnie Parish Church. I parked at the church, near another cairn, walked a short distance west and then followed a track heading uphill/north. As the track veered east at the top of the first climb I headed west to the top of the small hill.

The cairn is situated in a small clearing but has unfortunately a fallen tree sitting on top of it to keep it company. There seems to be a good atmosphere at this place and a feeling of extreme old age. The trees feel old and that the area is covered in prehistory adds to the feeling. Sitting at almost 13m and no more than 0.5m high the cairn must have had superb views before the forestry. One of the views to the south being my next stop.

Visited 9/3/2017.

Knock Hill (South) (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Knock Hill (Saddle) (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Cromar, the area that surrounds the villages of Logie Coldstone and Dinnet has loads of fantastic sites. Some are in tremendous condition, some have suffered badly in the past, and sadly this site which is being gradually eroded away by careless agriculture in the present.

This once impressive (and perhaps still is if tidied up) cairn sits in the saddle between what I call the two Knock Hills. On top of the northern Knock an impressive kerb cairn, on the southern hill a badly damaged round cairn.

Sitting at the bottom of the small valley this site has a completely different feel. As usual Morven dominates the western view with other directions blocked by the hills.

Slightly to the north the cairn has been damaged by a track used mainly by cattle, next to that a proper track and barrier has been built and to the western side farm waste has been piled up. The south side doesn't escape as that is boggy and has been obviously clipped by farm machinery. Unbelievably the cairn still maintains some shape and height. Sitting at 13m wide and almost 1m tall it still stands. As usual some houking has also occurred. Cairn material also pokes it head through the turf.

Since damage to this cairn seems to have be done recently photos and a report have been sent to HS and AA in the hope (small) something might be done to protect it.

Visited 2/3/2017.

Gallow House Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

After asking permission to park at the Gallow Hill House I was accompanied to the cairn by its owner who didn't even realise there was a cairn on his land. This didn't come as much of a surprise as the site proved to be difficult to find.

Instead of taking the track, or dried up mud bath, we clambered up the east side of the Gallow Hill. Heading down the other side proved to a bit of a nightmare with head high vegetation meaning a lot of double backs. Eventually we made through to clearer areas. It was all worth it when we spotted a single tree surrounded by the stones of the cairn.

Not many people have been here recently but quite a few have been to the several cairns on the hills to the south, Mulloch, Scar, Blue etc. This is a wonderful site which sits at over 14m wide and is almost 1m tall to the south/0.5 to the north. Some boulders do surround the site but they aren't a circle just some randomly landed stones. Once again tremendous views surround this site. On the way back we used the track which is what we should have used in the first place despite the mud.

From Tarland head south west on the B9119 and take the track heading south, to Gallow Hill House, before the first minor road which heads north.

What an area this is and still more to come!

Visited 24/2/2017.

Knock Hill North (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

This Knock Hill seems to consist of several wee hills and this site is on the furthest north of them. Several large kerbs stand earthfast to the south, swinging round to smaller kerbs on the west. The north side has larger kerbs which join on to smaller stones to east. Therefore the kerb is fairly continuous and in much better condition than its near neighbours which have taken some severe punishment. In its centre a furze bush takes centre stage amongst cairn material on a site that is over 5m wide.

I parked, asking permission to do so, at Ferneyhowe. Another cairn, to the east, is just along the track which leads to Knockargety Wood, home to a hillfort. From here I crossed the small bog to the north of the house, jumped over a fence and stream heading the same direction. Going over the first hill, down into the valley and climbing to the top of second slightly higher hill to reach my first destination. The other two cairns I'd get on the way back. Apart from the bog, underfoot conditions are fairly decent.

The views all round this place are decent as well especially to the west.

Visited 2/3/2017.

Knock Hill (Saddle) (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Blackhills (Stone Circle) — Images

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Kirk Wood (Leochel) (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Pittenderich (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Leochel-Cushnie (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Highland (Mainland) — News

Pollen adds to intrigue over Bronze Age woman 'Ava'


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39191527

Bervie Brow (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Just before the bridge nearing Inverbervie on the A92, coast road, and before its junction with B967 take the minor road heading back north east. This climbs the locally known Bervie Brow. I parked at the West View cottage at the track which heads up the brae.

This isn't a very steep climb up a decent track which is still used to get vans up to various masts. These masts are surrounded in high fences and various buildings suggest that this was once probably an RAF or Navy look out post. There is certainly a more modern building suggests shipping. Interestingly the house at the end of the track is called The Guard Room. Once at the top of the hill be prepared for a shock to the system on a late January morning, I was met with driving winds and snow.

Sadly the cairn looks like it's being kept prisoner nearest the furthest east of the masts. It has been clipped by an out building and looks like it has been houked. Still it seems to keep its shape being 16m wide and almost 1m tall. Impossible to tell if stonework remains as visitors aren't allowed. Still on a sunny day, despite the masts, this would be a beautiful place looking on to the North Sea, down to Inverbervie and the Bervie Water. In fact decent views would be seen looking north and south along the Aberdeenshire coast.

Visited 24/1/2017.

Malcolm's Mount (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Somehow and unbelievably Malcolm's Mount still exists to the north side of the busy Broomhill Road in Stonehaven. The cairn, or what remains of it is about 10m wide and possibly 1m tall. Sadly there are no remnants of cists or old Scottish kings. Hard to tell if there are remnants because of all the bramble branches lying all over the place. Originally surrounded by the wall, it now sits on top of a small hillock near a house called Rivendell. A nearby street is also called Malcolm's Mount.

Leave Kirkton Road and take Broomhill Road which heads south west(ish). I parked in the small industrial estate to the right and nipped back up the road, crossed over Broomhill and went through a gap in the hedge.

Visited 24/1/2017.

Knock Hill North (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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Braehead (Logie Coldstone) (Cairn(s)) — Images

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