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Re: Contemporary natural shrines upon the landscape.
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GLADMAN wrote:
Sanctuary wrote:
...Is the area very populated at present as much of it would be from the distant past I suppose and mainly revisited by both the continuation of ancient beliefs as you say, and possibly in homage to our great ancestors and also more recent departures close to a bereft persons heart.

Not at all populated.... the nearest big town is Fort William quite some distance away.. raises the point as to whether these cairns are the work of travellers - arguably not the sort of thing your average tourist would do (?) - or people from a wider area making use of a spot with local folklore and tradition. Guess that's what I'm trying to establish? Does anyone know of any such folklore for the area?

The original cairn may have been a marker for the high point of the newroad (built in the 1950's ) and possibly a good date for the cairn too . Prior to that there was a road/track that crossed the present flooded Loch Loyne and can still be seen when levels are low .The additions are relatively recent , past 15 years ? . Handy parking , good view ,once the first addition to the original had been done the rest will follow .William Macrae an up and coming politician died in mysterious circumstances a bit further down the new road but no connection despite there being a memorial there too .

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Posted by tiompan
30th June 2012ce

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