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Kempstone Hill (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

If getting to the cairn involved some crawling then it was good practise for a lot more crawling to the nearest standing stone.

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From the cairn I re-crawled to the clearing and looked west. No standing stone could seen thanks to over head high gorse so I headed northish beyond the vegetation, west then south eastish into the next clearing. Going by the Canmore map the stone stood half way down this gap and in amongst the gorse. With no sight of the stone it was on all fours and I crawled beneath the branches.

About 30 meters (I floundered for more than that thanks to trunks of the vegetation) in I spotted the base of the stone. It is a magnificently shaped stone with no visible markings standing at 1.8m high, at its base it is almost 1m wide. After taking what photos I could I crawled back out.

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Once out of the undergrowth and a check of the damage, your legs will take a battering here, I hobbled slightly further west where fortunately the standing stone can be seen. Bizarrely and thankfully a small path to the north leads to the stone.

Set in the midst of a probable cairn this is a lovely and beautifully shaped stone. It stands at almost 3m in height being over 1m at its base. Also near is the remnants of a cist still clearly visible.

Wonderful sites, a magical place.

Final score Gorse 2 Drew 3

Visited 23/3/2017.

Kempstone Hill Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Just south of Muchalls on the A90 take the third minor road heading west past the Auquorthies Farm. In the middle of the long straight there is room to park at the entrance to yet another turbine farm.

From here walk in a north westerly direction until north of the gorse/furze/jabby stuff. Head west then head south into the gap between the vegetation, looking for a small clump of trees. These trees mark the site of the cairn. To get there it was a mixture of brute force and crawling beneath the branches of the head high gorse until the trees were reached.

The cairn has the branches and roots of trees (and the jabby stuff) crawling on top of it. Its almost as if nature was keeping this one to itself. Cairn material can be seen but the kerb seems to have gone. The cairn appears to around 20 meters wide and is at least 0.5m high.

It might have been difficult to find or get to this place but the next site was to prove even more difficult, on a very warm March day.

Visited 23/3/2017.

West Bradieston (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Unlike its near neighbour at the far southern end of the hill, West Bradieston is under threat from farm machinery, equipment and cows. The farmer at Bradieston gave permission to park at his farm and from there I walked about a 1/2 mile south on the minor road. A well used track heading uphill and west leads almost straight to the site, nearer the top it becomes interesting to those who like mud.

Sitting near the summit of the hill the cairn is 9m in width and is 0.5m high. Scattered kerbs and cairn material give evidence to the damage here. It also doesn't help the the cows have turned most of the surrounding area into a mud bath. Still its an impressive area surrounded in prehistory. Tower Of Johnston and its neighbours are to the west with wonderful views of the North Sea/St Cyrus Nature Reserve to the east.

Visited 6/4/2017.

Burn Of Swartigill (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

Excavation at site of 'ancient wag' in Caithness


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39703952

Whetstone found at suspected Iron Age site near Wick


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39782018

Barnhill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From Garvock Hill I retraced my steps and went over the road, B9120, heading north east, jumping over the western gate. They say you learn something new every day and on this day I found out about the St James Lochs. I'd never heard of them.

The cairn is situated just short of the lochs with superb views north, west and south. Sadly, like Garvock, it is badly damaged, and like Garvock it has a better known neighbour, the Cairn Of Shiels.

Sitting at 8m wide and no more than 0.4m high there isn't much to see. Displaced kerbs and cairn material sit amongst the turf.

This is a beautiful area, a beautiful walk. Having a look at the Tower of Johnston and Cairn of Shiels and their lesser known neighbours makes for a fine way to spend an afternoon.

Visited 6/4/2017.

Garvock Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Heading west and uphill on the B9120 from Laurencekirk park at the viewpoint to look down on the Mearns capital.

Head south along the grassy ridge towards the Tower Of Johnston and the Garvock cairn will be easily found, situated a mile from its more famous or noticed neighbour.

It is set in a superb position but sadly little remains. The turf covered remnants sit at 9m wide and 0.5m tall. Possibly some kerbs remain in place with cairn material noticeable. Like a lot of its neighbours the views are spectacular, farmland, the mountains and the sea mixed in with buzz of traffic heading north to Aberdeen, south to Dundee.

On beautiful day like this was, there is no finer place than the Mearns and its prehistory.

Visited 6/4/2017.

Knockargety (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

Leave the B9119 after Tarland at the first minor road heading north at Leys farm. This road ends at Braehead which leads to the cairn of the same name and Corrachree Hill.

About a 1/2m mile up the road there is an old quarry to the east (plenty parking room), opposite this to the west is the homestead. Although a short walk the terrain is fairly rough as trees have recently been taken down.

On the highest hillock is the enclosure with its hut circle. Sitting at 18 meters wide with a 1.5m ruinous wall the enclosure has the adjoining hut circle on its northern side. Piles of stones are probably field clearance. The hut circle is about 10m wide. This site has taken a battering but it is in the middle of prehistoric central and a good starting point for a long walk.

Visited 17/3/2017.

Corsindae (Cup Marked Stone) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Corsindae (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Souterhill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Hill of Keir (Enclosure) — Images

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Morphie (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Culsten Burn (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Park near St Nathalan's Kirk for this site and also the nearby Braehead Farm souterrain in the field to the south.

Cross over the busy A93 and go through the Braehead Of Tullich farm which leads to the track winding its way up the Crannach Hill. Today the track was also busy with thousands of male toads carrying their partners to the small but very lovely Culsten Loch, which has seen its dam repaired in recent years.

Keep going until a track veers north west. Follow this until a small clump of trees to the east of the track. The kerb cairn is just before this and slightly to the west.

Sitting at no more than 2m wide this is a difficult site to find. However a solitary kerb just pokes through the turf and heather. Its colleagues are under the vegetation and I uncovered another 4. This is a lovely place with superb views to the south east following the River Dee.

Just after the Braehead Of Tullich, heading towards the cairn, there is a site that looks like a henge or a severely houked cairn. It is in fact a filled in quarry.

This place is rarely visited and maybe we should be grateful as it leaves the toads and other wildlife in peace.

Visited 17/3/2017.

Orkney — News

Cardiff woman's Orkney-Norway trek pulling 30kg stone


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39658788

Canterland (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Stone of Morphie (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Balmakewan (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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