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Castle Hill (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Castle Hill (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

02/06/2018 - Nice little hillfort above Largs. Easy access from Douglas Park below. Path is a little steep in places. Great views from it and a fine place for a sit.

Haylie (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Haylie (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

02/06/2018 - Managed to get proper lost looking for this one. At least now I could go on Mastermind with the 'Backstreets of Largs' as my specialist subject!

Turned out it is dead easy once you look at the map properly and follow a few signs. Head through Douglas Park to the back and arrows point you to the right and the cairn - simple!

Don't let the town location put you off going to see this one. It's nicely tucked away in a slightly overgrown area of trees and tall grass. Very, very green and sunny today. The heat was something else as well.

The cairn is great. I liked this one. Bigger than I thought it would be.

There is an uphill path behind it to a viewpoint and hillfort which is well worth doing if you have the time.

Black Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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Black Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Cairn Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Cairn Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

31/05/2018 - Looking at the map I liked the look of this one. Old cairn on top of a hill, bit in the middle of nowhere feel. The hill is even called Cairn Hill. Turned out this isn't Nithsdale's answer to Tinto. The Cairn's not that exciting, still the walk was good.

We started from Glenim Cottage on the Mennock Pass (good parking and access). A fine day out, looping round Auchensow Hill, Dalpeddar Hill, Cairn Hill and Meikle Snout. Steepish to start with but after that the walking was good between the tops.

The cairn at the summit of Cairn Hill has a large footprint but is very low lying. Canmore mention traces of a kerb but I couldn't really make one out.

A very similar cairn is on the top of Dalpeddar Hill as well but I can't find any reference to one on the web.

Go for the walk and just take the cairn as a small added bonus.

Though nothing to do with prehistory I thought I'd give the nearby villages of Leadhills and Wanlockhead a plug. They are well worth a visit and surrounding hills make for good walking.

Bizzyberry Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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Bizzyberry Hill (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

26/05/2018 - Starting from Biggar we took the small path off the A702 (NT 04673824). It's just after the new housing estate and a bit easy to miss. The path goes straight up through the trees then turns right through tall gorse. After that, cross a couple of fields and a final climb up to the top.

It was a busy Saturday in Biggar so it was nice to get away from the rush and spend a peaceful hour or so on Bizzyberry Hill (great name). Sunshine was lovely and the views fine.

I enjoyed my visit to this one.

Langlaw Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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Langlaw Hill (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

26/05/2018 - Easy parking for this one. Layby on A701, just to the north of the hill (NT10343911). Walk south down the road a little and a gate and small bridge gives access to the field. From there it's a short but steepish climb to the top. Cows in the field today but a long way off so no problems.

The hillfort has grassed over double ramparts. It's nice enough and has good views all round. Worth a walk up if you are passing.

Wheedlemont (Hillfort) — Images

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Wheedlemont (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

19/05/2018 - As the weather was so fine we decided to make a day of it and take the longer approach from the west. We parked at Glackhead (NJ 44382797) on the A971, a lovely scenic road from Rhynie to Cabrach.

A steep climb up Orditeach then little ups and downs over fine rocky tops to Turf Hill. Great view from here east to our way to Cnoc Cailliche hillfort. I've been wanting to visit this area for some time as it looked good from Tap o' Noth. Rocks and boulders everywhere. The walk from Turf Hill was easy going. No access problems.

If yellow has a smell, it's gorse on a sunny day, it was wonderfully strong on the last little climb that brought us to the top of Cnoc Cailliche.

It's a nice fort with grassed over ramparts. Location is excellent and well worth a visit. Great views of the surrounding area.

We made our way back via Red Craig (fine place for a brew). A lovely sunny day out.

Ferneyhowe (Long Cairn) — Images

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Knockargety Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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Knockargety Hill (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

12/05/2018 – What a lovely sunny day to visit this one. Good parking and access from the east. A track then small path leads straight to the top. The place was full of butterflies today enjoying the sunshine, mainly Green-veined White but also the odd Peacock and one Orange Tip which was nice as we don’t see many of them round here.

Not much in the way of ramparts to see of the unfinished hillfort. It covers quite a large area and would have been some site had it been completed.

It’s worth walking on to have a look at Fernyhowe cairn as well.

This was our last visit of the day so we had time to have a sit on top for a while and take in the view. I love this time of year. Everything seems so green and alive.

Little Hill (Enclosure) — Images

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Little Hill (Enclosure) — Fieldnotes

12/05/2018 - Good parking at the bend on the minor road just before Boddomend (NJ 5492 0013). Nice track leads north towards Little Hill. After about half a mile or so we passed a biggish borrow pit on our right, then took the next track after that which led to the top of hill. From the top (which had a trace of what might be a cairn) it was an easy stroll east to the enclosure. Not a bad time of year to visit as the bracken hasn't started to grow back yet.

Interesting enclosure. I'd love to know what it was used for and when. It's location is lovely with grand views out across the countryside.

Fine place for a stroll on a sunny day. You can extend the walk with a visit to Mortlich to the NW as well if you have the time.

Easy access with no fence problems.

Hill Of Trustach (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Cairn Of Beith (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Binn Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Binn Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

14/04/2018 - It had been a nice day so far mooching about a few hills between Keith and Fochabers. We were making good time so in the afternoon we decided to head a little north to the coast and visit Binn Hill. I had remembered seeing Drew's post about the cairn on TMA a while ago and thought the location looked good.

Parking and access from the south is good. The walk around Binn Hill is excellent. A very pretty place especially in the sunshine. The cairn wasn't too hard to find at this time of year before the bracken does its thing. OKish cairn with a couple of decent sized kerb stones still left.

If you visit and have the time, it's worth walking round the hill. The top has what looked to me like an old enclosure, very intriguing. From east of the summit you can head down through the 'sea of stones' to the sea. Just a lovely area with one of the most extensive shingle systems in Britain.

I've been a bit fed up recently so it was a good visit to cheer me up a little. Sunshine, a nice place to walk and old stuff to look at, that will do me.

Loudon Wood (Stone Circle) — Images

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Tap o' Noth (Hillfort) — Images

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South Ythsie (Stone Circle) — Images

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South Ythsie (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

17/02/2018 - Must be well over ten years since our last visit. The reason for our trip was the Prop of Ythsie. Neither of us could remember if we had been there last time (the old memory is going).

What a lovely day yesterday was. Little wind, sunshine and blue skies. A good time of year to visit the stones with everything died back. The circle was a little bigger then I remembered, I had it in my head as just a little thing.

It looked just lovely in the sunshine today. We stood in the middle for ages, looking at the stones and then trying to spot skylarks singing high above against the clear blue sky. Magic visit.

The piece from the split stone seems to have gone. Anyone know anything about this?

Sunhoney (Stone Circle) — Images

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Midmar Kirk (Stone Circle) — Images

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Old Keig (Stone Circle) — Images

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The Barmkyn (Hillfort) — Images

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The Barmkyn (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

04/02/2018 – Not been here before and you know what, I really liked it. Way up is short but a little gorsy and a bit of windthrow to get round. The fort sits in a lovely clearing. Nice size outer wall, very tricky to see any inner wall. After a rainy start to the day, the sun came out whilst we were there which made our visit. Well worth a trip if you are visting Old Keig RSC.

Satter Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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