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Maeshowe (Chambered Tomb) — News

Plans For New Orkney Visitor Centre Spark Road Safety Concerns For School


Nice pic!

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/orkney/1174315/plans-for-new-orkney-visitor-centre-spark-road-safety-concerns-for-school/

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

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Gallow House Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Angus — News

Late Bronze Age Weapons Discovery Hailed As 'Find Of A Lifetime'


What an absolute belter of a find!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-38971099

The Maidens (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Old Man of Storr (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Duntulm (Stone Fort / Dun) — Links

Canmore


Good aerial pics.

Duntulm (Stone Fort / Dun) — Folklore

Slide No: 30 Duntulm Castle

Nine miles from Uig is Duntulm Castle, and one way it leads over a long slope of land called "the garden of Skye". On the verge of Loch Snizort the stack of Scudburgh is seen standing like a lighthouse. Duntulm Castle, originally the site of a "dun", once was the stronghold of pirate Norsemen, anterior to the Norwegian invasion of Harold Harfager. It is a considerable ruin perched upon a precipitous cliff, and still has an imposing look. The castle built by the chiefs of Clan Donnel in the twelfth century, remained the home of the MacDonalds till they moved to Mugstadt. "Big Donald with the blue eyes", Lord Of The Isles and grandson of Donald Gorm, who lost his life besieging Eilan Donan Castle in Loch Duich, at one time starved a kinsman to death in the dungeon of Duntulm. This kinsman having conspired against his uncle, wrote to an accomplice in Skye, and by the same opportunity sent a friendly letter to Donald Gorm, but in transmit the letters passed into the hands of one who could not read, and this person handed to Donald Gorm the one that revealed his nephew's treachery. He was immediately captured, carried to Skye, and immured in Duntulm; there he was starved to death, after first being supplied a meal of salt food, and daily after this to mock his thirst, a covered drinking cup was lowered to him, which on being uncovered, was found empty.

Destination St Kilda 'From Oban to Skye and The Outer Hebrides'

George Washington Wilson and Norman Macleod

Edited by Mark Butterworth

Duntulm (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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Callanish (Standing Stones) — Folklore

Slide 34 Circle Of Callernish

At the head of one of the inlets in Loch Benera is a megalithic cruciform, Drudicial circle, called the Circle of Callernish. This Druidicial temple is one of the largest, as well as one of the most complete of its kind in Scotland. The total number of stones, when the temple was complete, was sixty five, of which about forty five are still standing, ranging from sixteen to four feet tall.

In the immediate neighbourhood are several smaller circles, some of them, being as large as fifty feet in diameter. The circle occupies a striking position in an open track of moor, and appears to have been surrounded at a small distance by a trench or ditch, which is now in many places obscured, the sames as at Stenneshouse, Orkney and Stonehenge, England. It is thought by some that these stone circles may have been places of worship, erected by the Norsemen, as in some Northern sagas; the temple of Thor is described as a circular range of upright stones, containing a central stone, called the stone of Thor, where the sacrifices or executions were performed.

Destination St Kilda 'From Oban to Skye and the Outer Hebrides'

George Washington Wilson and Norman MacLeod edited by Mark Butterworth

Callanish (Standing Stones) — Images

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Dun Carloway (Broch) — Images

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East Hill Croft (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

I hadn't heard of this cairn until the old chap who lived at West Learney Farm mentioned it when I asked permission to park there. So after visiting Sundayswells and Craigienet it was time to visit this unexpected site.

From West Learney I headed back east to the minor road and went north, which after several severe corners leads back to the B993. Once again head north until the both sides of the road are clear of trees. I pulled in at the farm track to Tillenturk and walked the short distance back down the road beyond East Hill Croft.

The cairn is situated in a small tree plantation to the west side of the road. It is almost 10m wide and about 1m at its tallest. Most likely some field clearance might have ended up here as well. What appear to be kerbs can be seen especially on the southern side. Two stones looking like a recumbent and flanker rest on the eastern side but that might be a vivid imagination. Another large stone rests a few meters from the cairn to the north west. More tremendous views especially to the North East.

A lovely site for a cairn but with snow hard on my heals it was time to head North and back to the warmth.

Visited 9/2/2017.

East Hill Croft (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Cluseburn (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From the A92 head north west on the B967, the Arbuthnott road, Lewis Grassic Gibbon country. Opposite Allardice take the road heading north past Millplough Farm (also past the remains of a RSC, cairn and standing stone), then take the next road heading north west past Craighead and keep going until the road ends at Cluseburn Farm. After being almost blown into the North Sea and frozen at Bervie, Cluseburn proved to be slightly sheltered from the storm. Permission was given to park and up the hill I went.

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This is the best preserved of the cairns and sits at the top of the hill in the field to the north east. It sits at 14m and is 1m high. The turf covered site has had a 'fair houking' but still looks impressive despite the damage caused by cattle to the south western side.

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This site is down the hill from 8200 and is the second best site here. It is almost 14m wide and is 0.6m tall. An upright stone maybe the remains of a cist according to Canmore.

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All that is left of a once massive cairn is a bank or rim that would have well over 15m wide is a circular rim that doesn't reach more than 0.3m in height. It is only a few metres east of the best preserved cairn.

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The smallest of the cairns is also the site nearest the farm and didn't receive any mercy from the 'houkers'. It is 6m wide and 0.5 tall. The enclosure shaped site nearby which has confused historians is simply a place were the farmer puts his cattle feeders.

To be fair, the farmer at Cluseburn has tried to protect the cairns on his land. His cattle have had different ideas and always knocked down the fences. During summer the cattle like to laze in the best preserved cairn to soak up (unlikely to be soaking up, being soaked is more likely|) the sun. He also explained about the nearby sites at Millplough, Montgoldrum and Cot Hillock.

Lovely site, freezing day :-)

Visited 24/1/2017.

Craigenet (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

For this visit I walked north east on a track up Bogenchapel Hill going thru two sets of large new deer gates. From the second gate head north east skirting the flanks of Garnet Hill until a junction with a track leading south east. Split the corner and go straight east, uphill.

With snow coming down every site has a different atmosphere and this place is no exception. I love the snow so an added bonus for me. Another bonus is that the snow shows up the old cairn better revealing that it is at least 8m probably nearer 10m wide and 1m tall.

The views are once again stunning. From here I could see Pittenderich, Pressendye, Morven, Kerloch, Clachmaben, various Cairngorms etc all getting heavy snow thanks to the fact I couldn't see them.

With that in mind and the fact that I live north of here it was time to head back down, this time on the northern side of Garnet Hill which eventually leads back to Sundayswells.

Re-visited 9/2/2017.

Craigenet (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Sundayswells Hill (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Cluseburn (Cairn(s)) — Images

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