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The Howe (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Folklore

"Then there is the story of a young Orphir man who spent a whole year among the fairies in the Hillock of Howe, near Stromness, and of how he danced there all that time with a jar of whisky on his shoulder. When he was finally pulled out, he complained he had not been allowed to finish his jig. It was only when he saw the uppers of his boots dangling about his ankles that he realised he had danced the soles completely off"

Source: A peculiar people and other Orkney tales by Leask (1931)

Thompson's Rock (Holed Stone) — Fieldnotes

Visited this fascinating site today and just thought i'd add some tips for anyone else wanting to visit it. The coordinates were pretty much spot on I think, just don't make the mistake we made and approach the site from the top of the hill, it's far easier to find when you're walking up the hill!

Park up in Lordenshaws car park and take the path that heads straight up Simonside hill. When the hill starts leveling out, head to the right towards the scattering of rocks on the flat area. Thompson's Rock is easy to spot, it's the biggest there.

The trial stone is another large rock, to the east of Thompson's Rock. The deepest hole of the trial stone is near to the ground and gets covered with plants so might take a bit of spotting.

Thompson's Rock (Holed Stone) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Pin Well / King's Chair (Sacred Well) — Images

<b>Pin Well / King's Chair</b>Posted by LauraC

Chudleigh Rocks (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

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Cateran Hill (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

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Castle How (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Castle How</b>Posted by LauraC

Fawdon Hill (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Fawdon Hill</b>Posted by LauraC
Wanderer and explorer, with a special interest in fairy lore and Northumberland folklore.

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