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Slagachorrie (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Castle Findlay (Hillfort) — Links


Some good photos of the site.

Castle Findlay (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

From the Arr Wood cairn I headed back south on the minor road to the A939, then headed north west until the crossroads with the B9101. Head south west from here and take the first minor road south. I parked just after the small hamlet of Regoul at the entrance to Torrich Beg at the bottom of the Geddes Burn valley. Walk south for a small distance and a wee bridge will be seen to east crossing the burn.

Cross the bridge and follow the track uphill which follows a valley which further up houses the fort. About 3/4 of a mile up there is a sharp corner. From here leave the track and head north down into the valley. A small ridge indicates the first rampart which surrounds the fort. I followed this heading north east finding a small gap higher in the defences, a hornwork as Canmore suggests. This might well be the front door. However today it is a nightmare with all the vegetation including brambles. After battling over the defences, often on hands and knees crawling underneath branches, I made it to the internal fort.

The ramparts/stone walls are still there and stretch to over 3 meters in width and in most parts over 1 meter in height. This surrounds the fort which is over 30 meters in length and 16 meters wide. To see the walls the best place is underneath the trees as the fort has been conquered by ferns. As well as the ditches and ramparts the steep valley slopes and Geddes Burn add to the defences.

Well worth the effort despite a severe battering from various plants. With that it was the arduous trek to the supposedly nearby dun where anything that could go wrong did go wrong.

Visited 28/7/2016.

South Ronaldsay — News

Iron Age Jewellery Made On Orkney Recreated

The Shetland Isles — News

Broch In Loch Could Be The Missing Link In Story Of Iron Age Building

From the best newspaper.

Maeshowe (Chambered Tomb) — News

Maeshowe Neolithic Burial Cairn To Stay Open In Orkney To Stay Open

Good news :-)

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

Time Lines : Sketches Record Archaeological Dig On Orkneys

Dun Deardail (Stone Fort / Dun) — News

New Aerial Images Of The Fort

The Cochno Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — News

Fire Crews Fighting Mud For Cochno Stone Archaeologists

Highland (Mainland) — News

Inverness West Link : Artefacts Unearthed By Road Works

Arr Wood (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Arr Wood is bonny cairn situated in a small forest clearing. The turf and fern covered site is 16 meters wide and over 1 meter in height. Underneath the foliage a kerb runs round the covered stones some of which do poke their noses through to the surface. On top of the cairn there is a small pile of stones. Several fence posts also surround the site which according to Canmore hasn't been disturbed. I hope this condition remains for a long long time.

From Easter Clunes I headed west along the minor road which included driving through a rare ford near Fornighty Farm, though not as rare as I thought as I have found several since. Veer north at the farm, through the ford and keep heading west until the second minor road north. Stop at the first forestry track heading east. OS have tracks leading to site but sadly they have long gone. Better to walk in a east north east direction and look for the clearing and fence posts. There are several mounds in the area which are forestry and field clearance mounds.

This is an extremely lovely and very calming site which was just as well. The next couple of sites were to be a trial of strength and endurance.

Visited 28/7/2016.

Easter Clunes (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

This cairn is slightly to the west, a short walk of about 200 meters, and is in the same field as its near neighbour. Large stones looking suspiciously like they once stood are strewn around the edge of the cairn which has seen, sadly, a tremendous amount of damage. Apart from the large stones the cairn must have been at least 16 meters in width with the height difficult to judge due field clearance being flung into the houked centre.

Visited 28/7/2016.

Easter Clune (Ring Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Heading west from Forres on the A96 I took the third minor road heading southwards in the direction of Moyness, home to wonderful cairn situated near the crossroads. From here keep heading south west until the road ends. At the junction head east towards Easter Clune. I stopped at Easter Clunes cottage. From here follow the track west over a gate and keep going until 2 gates can be seen. Climb these and both cairns can be seen. I headed south first to the ring/clava cairn.

The cairn must be at least 22 meters wide with some huge kerbs surrounding it. What appears to an inner ring al so exists but this might well be pure luck. Several holes are probably were cists had been, these are quite easily found by falling into them. At its highest it is 1 meter tall but houking has obviously affected this. Still the cairn has presence and must have been massive in its day.

From the direction I arrived I couldn't see the cairn but on heading back home, in a somewhat bedraggled state, from the west this cairn could be seen for miles.

Visited 28/7/2016.

Blue Cairn (Califer) (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The Blue Cairn near Califer is surrounded on its north side by a semi circular dry stane dyke and to the south by vegetation of any kind especially ferns. It was good fun clambering over the dyke and having a fight with the jabby stuff. Rowan trees mark the middle of this much tampered with cairn. The centre of the cairn has been houked and kerbs can be found at the bottom of the wall. canmore say its 16 meters wide and 1 meter tall. That is optimistic as all that is left is a small remnant. No trace of cist can be seen. Still like any other any other ancient monument it was built for a reason and the Bronze Age peoples chose a lovely place. Views over to the Black Isle, Moray Firth, hills to the south and to the west are wonderful. I tried looking for the possible cup marked stone but didn't see anything. Round the corner is Blervie Castle and just down from that is the stone circle at Templestones.

Take the third minor road south, west after the village of Alves on the A96 heading towards Inverness. Follow the road until it veers suddenly west and at the corner pull in. Walk down the field in front and the semi circular dyke soon comes into view. Just along the road is the superb viewpoint at Califer.

Visited 28/7/2016.

Burnswark (Sacred Hill) — News

Burnswark's Bloody History Becomes Clear

Avielochan (Clava Cairn) — Images

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Easter Clune (Ring Cairn) — Images

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Blue Cairn (Califer) (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Castle Findlay (Hillfort) — Images

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Avielochan (Clava Cairn) — Fieldnotes

If you could join Avielochan and Granish together there would almost be a complete Clava Cairn. Like Granish it is a superb site surrounded by beautiful scenery.

We approached from the south from Granish taking the first road east on the A95. Take the twisty track past the houses and wee loch (called Avie Lochan) until a sharp corner. Look north into a field with what looks like a long cairn to find the cairn nestled amongst the trees.

Visited 31/7/2016.

Granish (Clava Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Granish is an absolute belter of a site and remains in good condition and is as described in Gladman's superb notes.

Like Gladman my map reading skills seemed to fail. I parked at the first layby on the A95 north of Aviemore thinking the site was almost next to the road. After leading, AC, RM and B on a wild goose chase I checked the OS map and found it to be the other side of the railway to the north east. Whistling Last Train To London I jumped the fence, got a row for doodling on the track, jumped the next fence and wandered through some trees to find the site.

What a site and like Mr G I think the tree adds to the place.


Aviemore (Clava Cairn) — Fieldnotes

The name of the estate the ring cairn is situated is called Muirton, heaven knows why I haven't mentioned this before as I have been here plenty of times before. Still nicely kept and manicured. On a another note it was nice to see Aviemore heaving with people.

Re-visited 31/7/2016.

Orkney — News

Mystery Structure Found Under Neolithic Dump

Arr Wood (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Easter Clunes (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Easter Clune (Ring Cairn) — Images

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Pityoulish Barrows (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

From the standing stone keep heading north westish until the wood stops. In the clearing on a small mound at least two of four barrows can be spotted overlooking the River Spey.

A square and round barrow can be seen with the other two others somewhat overgrown. A fence post also makes finding the round barrow very easy. Dense forest that Canmore mentions seems to have vanished.

Nice site overlooking the Spey with an equally nice view looking over to An Leth Chreag. Noisy geese on the other side of the river provided natures music.

Visited 31/7/2106.

Pityoulish (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The blue granite standing stone at Pityoulish is a bonnie wee thing standing proudly in the woods of the same name. It stands at almost 1.5 meters tall and could well be an outlier for the nearby barrows. Whatever the reason, standing stones are common on this part of the River Spey.

Leave the village of Boat Of Garten (steam trains and ospreys are the claim to fame as well as Bob Dylans brother) heading south on the B970. Go through the Street Of Kincardine, past a minor road and pull in at the third farm track heading west (after the Street).

From here its over the gate on the opposite side of the road and head north west for about 200 meters. Lovely stone, lovely site!

Visited 31/7/2016.

Easter Clune (Ring Cairn) — Images

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