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Low Hauxley Submerged Forest / Image by thesweetcheat

It really is, I love places like this where the past bleeds through. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
28 Jan 20ce

An Sithean / Image by thelonious

Yup, yup and yup, beautiful place :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
28 Jan 20ce

Low Hauxley Submerged Forest / Image by thesweetcheat

Love it. There's just something wonderful about these places. thelonious Posted by thelonious
27 Jan 20ce

Low Hauxley Submerged Forest / Image by thesweetcheat

That’s quite amazing, the shifting sands of time. Nice one tsc. ryaner Posted by ryaner
27 Jan 20ce

Barnmeen / Image by ryaner

Beautiful :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24 Jan 20ce

Ballynoe / Image by ryaner

Ah, the Star of the County Down. Great circle, that. Notwithstanding the mound, it did remind me a lot of Swinside. GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
23 Jan 20ce

Waen Bryn-Gwenith (stone I) / Fieldnotes by postman

Went to view the above site yesterday, very misty, [so could easily have missed something]! Whether this is a Cromlech is uncertain as the whole area is strewn with random glacial boulders and it is likely that many of the stones were dropped by receding glaciers.
Not to say men did not position them.
Stone no. 1 looks like the natural bedrock however which may have been placed.

However, to add to comments made already by "postman", there is a geological fault passing through the site and there is conjecture that Cromlechs were placed on fault lines. [All the local ones seem to be anyway].
Posted by stoneware potter
23 Jan 20ce

Barnmeen / Image by ryaner

Watery winter sunshine summed up the day. ryaner Posted by ryaner
21 Jan 20ce

Barnmeen / Image by ryaner

Cracker of a stone. Like the sky in this one too, classic winter. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
21 Jan 20ce

Cronk Howe Mooar / Folklore by Rhiannon

It's not that weird, it's a field with a golf course next to it! But you should definitely visit the Isle of Man, lots to see including a couple of fine castles, an anachronistic public transport system of stream- and electric trains, many-horned sheep and some lovely scenery.

The willow-the-wisp thing is fascinating, I always thought it was a thing (like, a scientifically explainable thing) but now I've looked things up it appears the "science" is actually quite tenuous, which means it must be something weirder, right?

Waffle is good and you being back is better, same to you :)
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
19 Jan 20ce

Cronk Howe Mooar / Folklore by Rhiannon

It looks weird and cool there! I've not yet been to the Isle of Man but you've provoked my interest. Bogs are pretty strange places in themselves, aren't they? People used to see will o the wisps on them, and I notice there's mention of lights in this story. I think there's a sort of will o the wisp / fairy crossover thing going on - both being out to trick you off the path. I recently noticed another connection too, that it's long been the status quo that no-one sees either any more (people were saying this 100 years ago). Which you can easily rationalise for fairies (many people, I understand, not believing in them), but with alleged burning gas from a marsh? Seems a bit peculiar. I know we have fewer bogs now but we surely hadn't destroyed so many a century ago? You can read various "explanations" of what the gases were etc but it seems that even now there's no particularly good scientific explanation for the phenomena. If it ever existed. Anyway apologies for waffle and extended absence, happy new year to you. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18 Jan 20ce

Cronk Howe Mooar / Folklore by Rhiannon

Excellent stuff. I can attest to the bogginess, the "footpath" from the north is basically a narrow dyke and ditch. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
18 Jan 20ce

Pen Pumlumon-Fawr / Fieldnotes by GLADMAN

Appreciate the sentiments... although well aware any potential market is not exactly large! The odd, isolated recipient such as yourselves :-) My aunt is a pro historical author so under no illusions there! GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
18 Jan 20ce

The Mull Circle / Image by thesweetcheat

Thanks very much HD. Yes, I got the Arran vibe quite a lot on Man, maybe the similar size and shape of the island plays a part. Also the chambered tombs share some characteristics. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16 Jan 20ce

The Mull Circle / Image by thesweetcheat

Now that is mighty fine. Something very "Arran-ish" about this one to my Arrany eyes. This is a fantastic photograph of what looks like a corker of a site. Very unusual. Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
16 Jan 20ce

Pen Pumlumon-Fawr / Fieldnotes by GLADMAN

I thought this was the book! Great read Posted by costaexpress
16 Jan 20ce

Pen Pumlumon-Fawr / Fieldnotes by GLADMAN

Lovely piece of writing, when is the book coming out? moss Posted by moss
16 Jan 20ce

Carn Liath / Fieldnotes by strathspey

I agree... Lamington Park LC is really something special. I decided to approach along the track starting near the Marybank junction... and had to give up and return in the end. So tried via the reservoir in the afternoon and found it easily!

Trouble then was I couldn't find the reverse route... tried to return to the clearing to take a proper bearing but couldn't locate it again... so eventually took a bearing from where I was and eventually found the road. Lost in the forest..... all alone :-(

So would recommend the reservoir route for Lamington and following an exact bearing to get back.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
12 Jan 20ce

Carn Liath / Fieldnotes by strathspey

The Lamington cairn is crying out for a proper archeological dig. It appears to me very undisturbed.

I also found it very difficult to find. That particular patch of FC forest is very difficult to navigate - although I noted yesterday that harvesting is going on in the area.

strathspey Posted by strathspey
11 Jan 20ce

Carn Liath / Fieldnotes by strathspey

Good way to make a comeback. Really enjoyed Lamington Park last May, by the way. Aside from getting lost. GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Hill / Image by thesweetcheat

I think it's quite possible that these are small-diameter BA cairns that have maybe been added to by visitors/pilgrims over the millenia. I've realised the reason they look so unlike most upland cairns I see in Wales or SW England is because they are conical and show no sign of either robbing or the curse of shelter building. I really like them. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Hill / Image by thesweetcheat

Interesting uploads these. Good to see now what I didn't really notice back then, thanks.

Definitely seems that Man has a small hill cairn with kerb thing going on across the island.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Mooar / Image by thesweetcheat

It is, I'm not 100% about the age of this but it's very similar to the kerbed cairn on nearby Bradda Hill. Quite easy to get to for such great views too. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Hill / Image by thesweetcheat

Thank you, it was really lovely with the heather in bloom. It's a pretty good setting too. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Mooar / Image by thesweetcheat

That looks a really dramatic setting, love it spencer Posted by spencer
09 Jan 20ce
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