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Trevelloe Carn (Natural Rock Feature)

Visited 07.02.19

About 1 mile out of Sheffield on the B3315 towards St Buryan there is a crossroads. Trevelloe farm is on the left and Trevelloe House is on the right. Turn right down a farm track until you can see Trevelloe house on the right. There is a parallel private drive which is tarmacked. The Trevelloe Carn is visible within the grounds of Trevelloe House. It seems to have been incorporated into the garden. It does not seem that public access is encouraged so I settled for a distant view.
Posted by markj99
18th February 2019ce

Tom Thumb Rock (Natural Rock Feature)

Visited 06.02.19

Head for Land's End on the A30. Around 3 miles from Land's End turn right towards the airport on the B3306. Go past the airport and through Kelynack village. Bosavern House is around 0.5 mile on the right with public parking on the left for a footpath. If you walk right towards St Just you will see Tom Thumb Rock on your left at the edge of the field. Walk to the edge of the field and follow the hedge down to the rock. It is an unexpected shape and size. Two large basins on the edge of the rock have been eroded to form seats.
Posted by markj99
18th February 2019ce

Rosemorran (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 07.02.19

Rosemorran Farm is on a minor road off the B3311 at the edge of Penzance. The narrow lane is enclosed by a dyke at Rosemarron Farm. The top of the standing stone can be clearly seen above the dyke at SW4752532552. The stone is on the first corner after the farm. The menhir has been hemmed in by the wall but retains its own character. Around 25 yards towards the farm there is a suspiciously stone like inclusion in the wall though it is much smaller.
Posted by markj99
18th February 2019ce

Kemyel 2 (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 08.02.19

If you park at Lamorna Cove the SWCP goes past Kemyal Crease. Kemyel 2 is a menhir 200 yards SE of Kemyel Menhir in an adjacent field towards the sea. It can't be seen due to the high dykes until you are in the enclosed field. It is just under 6 feet high and rounder than its neighbour. It is situated at SW457952577.

There was a gatepost at SW4570524137 which looked like a re-purposed menhir at least if not an original menhir. Is it Keymel 3?
Posted by markj99
18th February 2019ce

Kemyel (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 08.02.19

If you park at Lamorna Cove the SWCP runs past Kemyel Crease farm. The menhir is situated at SW4569024667 around 200 yards south of Kemyel Crease farm. It is around 6 feet tall and pointed. The menhir is not marked on the OS Explorer map.
Posted by markj99
18th February 2019ce

Castallack Round (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Visited 07.0219

I parked up in Castallack and walked up the muddy bridle path to Castallack Round at SW44852539, at a right angle in the path. The grass in the field was short however there was no sign of a hut circle. On the OS Explorer map the hut circle is just north of the round in an impossibly overgrown area.
At the northern edge of the round this a pointed menhir wedged in the dyke and a Bullaun stone a few feet away. A Bullaun stone is a stone with a deep hemispheric depression which often collects water.
Posted by markj99
18th February 2019ce

Boscawen-Ros (Standing Stones)

Visited 08.02.19

I followed the right of way path and found the large menhir in the middle of some cabbages. I skirted round the field to find the other menhir incorporated into the hedge at SW42782393. I was convinced that the hedge was built round this standing stone. The second stone is around 100 yards west of the visible stone. There is an interesting capstone shaped stone at SW42872395 on the eastern edge of the field, around 150 yards east of the visible menhir.
Posted by markj99
18th February 2019ce

Tayandock (Standing Stone / Menhir)

The last stop of a busy day which started by getting battered at Frachdale led to a gentler afternoon ending at Tayandock.

Sadly the standing stone, which would have 1.5m tall, has fallen.

Leave the A847 taking the minor road Borichill Mor, pass Tayandock Farm and site is just before the corner which veers north. No sign of the chapel.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th February 2019ce

Uiskentuie (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Another tremendous site, more stunning views and another gigantic standing stone on Islay, this time at Uiskentuie.

It stands at 3m tall with no markings except for the lichen giving the stone a stately person type look.

Easy parking on the main road, up a wee hill, through a couple of gates, job done.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th February 2019ce

Port Charlotte (Chambered Tomb)

From Cultoon we headed south to the beautiful village of Portnahaven before heading north east towards Port Charlotte. Just the the south of the village pull in the campsite. Whoever constructed the football pitch, campsite and restaurant should congratulated on doing a cracking job. Good to see some children taking interest in the site when we arrived, as soon as I started looking and taking photographs they asked questions, Aberdeenshire kids from Insch, very intelligent :-)

The site does seem to be looked after slightly better than in the past and it was litter free.

Canmore Description

This chambered cairn is situated in a field at the edge of the raised beach 750m SW of Port Charlotte; the chamber and much of the cairn were excavated between 1976 and 1979, and the following account makes use of the interim report and further information supplied by the excavators (Peirpoint and Harrington 1978). The cairn, which is aligned NNE and SSW, measures 22m in breadth and is now about the same length, but the SSW end has been destroyed, and it would originally have been much longer. The chamber, at the NNE end, is entered from the centre of a concave facade of which only the stump of one stone and a fallen second stone now remain. Immediately in front of the entrance there was a pit, some 0.6m deep, from the bottom of which charcoal provided a radiocarbon date of ad 90+- (HAR-2405), but this may have been a result of contamination. The large slab in front of the entrance has been erected as if to form a portal stone. The sill-stone, only part of which is shown on plan (RCAHMS plan A), is 0.8m long, 0.23m thick and 1.16m high, and was held in position by two jamb-stones; the septal stone is 0.9m long, 0.96m high and 0.15m thick. The second compartment (1.5m long and 1.3m broad) comprises two massive side-slabs up to 0.9m high supported from behind by large slabs, which can be seen protruding through the cairn material. The third compartment has been destroyed, and the fourth is now represented only by the W side-slab. The missing slabs appear to have been removed for use as culvert-covers in the last century, but the slots from which they had been removed were discovered in the course of excavation.

Now I liked this site, tremendous views to Kintra and Bowmore as well as the nearby hills, which hopefully will see my feet reasonably soon.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th February 2019ce

Cultoon (Stone Circle)

After some activities not involving prehistory or distilleries (I know unbelievable) we headed to Cultoon Stone Circle. From Port Charlotte on the A847 take the minor road heading west and keep on it as it veers south leading straight to the stone circle.

The mound beside the site I'd say was a cairn with some kerbs still in place, one or two rabbit holes seem to hint at artificialness.

No need to describe the site as that has been done before, however what a weird place this is. Why did the people of the time cart all of these stones to the top of a wee hill only to put two up. Some theories are discussed in the Misc. post.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th February 2019ce

Tormain Hill (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

28/01/2019 – Early morning bus out to Wilkieston from Edinburgh (big thumbs up to the Edinburgh bus network, cheap and you can get a bus nearly anywhere). Good access, sign posted path to the top of Tormain Hill from the north. We reached the stones just before sunrise. Lovely open woodland setting. I think we counted seven stones with cup marks on them. The pick of the bunch is the one with the cup and ring markings, it’s very good indeed. Really enjoyed our visit here. It was pretty special watching the sun rise from behind the Pentland Hills to slowly light up the stones and surrounding area, magic. thelonious Posted by thelonious
30th January 2019ce

Blackford Hill (Carving)

26/01/2019 – Walking a few of the tops in Edinburgh. Blackford Hill was the last of the day so we thought we’d have a go at finding the deer carving. Turned out not too bad to find. Close to the top of the hill, just a short distance from the steps behind a big tree. It’s steep though but nothing too tricky if you take your time.

I was fair chuffed to find it. A nice little adventure away from all the runners and dog walkers on a pretty busy hill. I didn’t know what to make of the carving really. It didn’t seem that old to me but I still really liked it. A proper mystery.

Plenty of nice walks round and over Blackford Hill. Pretty easy going. The top is the site of a fort but not much to see of it. The views are very good of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. This carving was a nice cherry on top of the Blackford Hill cake.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
29th January 2019ce

Drummore Castle (Hillfort)

Visited 17/01/19

Drummore Castle is situated 300m South of Drummore Stone Circle up the slope, obscured by trees. Mother Nature is slowly reclaiming the fort. The oval structure is still visible, as are the double rampart and ditch defences. The enclosure is flat with no remnants of occupation.
Posted by markj99
26th January 2019ce

Ballinaby (North) (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Just to the north of the very tall stone at Ballinaby sits another standing stone, originally three stood but two remain. Attempts have been made to move this stone but it still stands. Sadly these attempts have done damage.

It has been broken and now stands at 2m in height, fair enough, but Canmore says the stone is 3m wide, I would say no more than 1.5m. Perhaps something has fallen and it has been removed. One thing for sure was that these stones indicated a safe harbour which there is - Traigh Fleisgein Bheag.

Once again a beautiful place.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
26th January 2019ce

Ballinaby (south) (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Just slightly to north of Carnduncan take the minor road heading west which skirts the north side of Loch Gorm. Pull in at Ballinaby Farm, plenty room.

The huge standing stone is just to the north east of the farm. Follow a well used path up a wee hill and follow some well built dry stane dykes. It is a stunning stone standing 4.9m tall with tremendous all round views west to Saligo Bay, east to Loch Gorm, north to An Carnan and south towards the hills at Turnaichaidh.

Most people turn round at this point, we didn't as in the distance to the north, well hidden, I spied another standing stone.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
26th January 2019ce

Tilshead Lodge Longbarrow (Long Barrow)

Visited 25/1/19:
Walked over to this enormous barrow immediately after visiting the White Barrow. It looks rather unimpressive from a distance as is currently covered in metal chain-link. I learnt that the National Trust undertook badger exclusion work on White Barrow back in 1998 by covering the barrow with chain link so I imagine this is a similar exercise . There is a notice up warning visitors to stay off. Also 'no digging' symbols (I think) on posts around the barrow and nearby the Great Ditch.

Both Tilshead and White Barrows can be accessed from the layby near an army water tower just past the village of Tilshead.
tjj Posted by tjj
26th January 2019ce

White Barrow (Long Barrow)

Visited 25/1/19:
One of those rare January days that make you think of Spring. Set off from the lay-by just past Tilshead by army water tower. Lots of tracks criss-crossing the landscape, many of them tank tracks (take OS, track to White Barrow clearly marked).
The White Barrow was the first ancient monument to be purchased by the National Trust and has never been fully excavated. Pleased to see sign by the stile into the site enclosure forbidding metal detectorists (site monitored in collaboration with army).
In 1998 Badger Exclusion work took place after the NT obtained a badger exclusion licence. A family of seven badgers lured out of setts and relocated. The nearby Tilshead Barrow is now covered with chain link which is probably badger exclusion work too.
Finds from badger spoil include Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery, struck flints, and red deer antler.
The barrow is 77.5m long and 47m wide including ditch. Wild flowers and rare bees found there in summer.
tjj Posted by tjj
26th January 2019ce

Drummore (Stone Circle)

Visited19/01/19

As promised I returned to Drummore Stone Circle on my way to Drummore Castle (300m S of the stones).
The site is a natural amphitheatre with the stone circle as the focus of attention. There are only 4 stone remaining however a stone circle with missing stones seems more likely than a giant four poster.
Posted by markj99
26th January 2019ce

Carnduncan (Cairn(s))

After the mornings battering at Frachdale it was good to get back to base camp at Cragabus and get patched up. The afternoon would be spent heading towards Cultoon in the north west of the island with a few stops either side, some of which were nothing to do with prehistory.

The first stop of the afternoon was the excellent cairn at Carnduncan. Sitting next to the B8018 just beyond Carnduncan Farm this cairn is very easily spotted.

It still sits at 17m wide and at its highest is 1.7m tall. It has a fantastic if somewhat broken kerb of fine stones, some stones probably kerbs, also rest nearby. Good to see in Canmore's notes that children from local schools were used in several surveys.

Nearby sites at Loch Gorm, across the road, stand a fair chance of being visited next time I'm here.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd January 2019ce

Frachdale (Chambered Cairn)

The distance between Coille A'chnoic Mhoir and the chamber cairn at Frachdale might appear short, it is as the crow flies. From the standing stone it looks if you go west, in fact you go south.

The start of the walk is fine until very tall ferns are reached, there is no sign of a track so batter a way though until a fence is reached. Frachdale sits on top of wee hill, basically taunting the hard pressed visitor. I jumped the fence and landed straight into a stream up to my waist in boggy stinking water, pulled myself out and promptly tripped into other one. One good thing was that the heat meant that I dried reasonably quick, but the smell......dearie me!! I made way to the west end of the hill and climbed up to the top were I found the turf covered cairn.

Most of the cairn material has been taken away leaving just the largest of the stones that make up the Clyde Type cairn. Originally 15 metres wide some kerbs do remain but the real remnants are in the centre. Two badly damaged sections remain, in a chamber that was almost 4m long and 1m wide. One dividing stone creates the sections. Side slabs also remain in place. This must have been some place, it still is with the tremendous views east and north east.

Also from the top of this wee hill a track and the ruined Frachdale croft can be seen in the east. However to get there is a complete nightmare. Instead of going back the way I'd came I headed east quickly encountering very small trees, with no way over I crawled underneath until a small burn, crossed this, kept crawling and eventually stood up when I encountered ferns. Keep heading north east until a small burn is encountered, same one as before with the same result with the added bonus of smashing my leg against a hidden rock. Eventually I pulled myself up, climbed the fence and found the track which led past Frachdale Croft to Kintra.

Fortunately no cuts but by the time I'd got back to Kintra my legs had turned blue. Frachdale Cairn is not an easy place to get to unless something is done about the vegetation.

Well known sprays and liquidy freeze stuff were about to get used. However it had been a wonderful morning!!

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd January 2019ce

Coille A'chnoic Mhoir (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Coille A'chnoic Mhoir has stunning views west, south and east (Laggan Bay and the Paps of Jura are simply stunning).

From the cairn at Cnoc Mor Ghrasdail simply walk south until a small mound, on its south side is the standing stone. No views north :-)

Quite an easy downhill walk on spongy bone dry heather leads to the 1.2m high stone. Sometimes the most simple of sites have the most stunning locations. This is one of them.

However the conditions were about to change with the walk to the fairly nearby chamber cairn.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd January 2019ce

Cnoc Mor Ghrasdail (Cairn(s))

The walk from Dun A Chail west to the cairn at Cnoc Mor Ghrasdail comes in three sections. The first is easy enough except for the steepish climb up to the level overlooking the fort, next comes a wee flat bit before a climb amongst trees/bramble bushes which eventually is ended by a fence. From here head to the top of the hill bouncing on the spongy heather. Hot work considering the temperature.

Once at the top views are stunning, north to Port Charlotte, the Paps of Jura are clearly visible to the east, south is the Oa and to the west the Atlantic.

The cairn stands at over 10m wide and is 1m tall at its highest. The probable cist cover remains in the centre of the site with its debatable cup marks still in place. Canmore suggest that this might have been an anvil at some point. Also on the site is a climber's or shepherd's cairn. I counted at least 10 stones of the kerb still in place.

Another truly stunning location.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th January 2019ce

Dun A Chail (Stone Fort / Dun)

From Kintra follow the track heading west and keep going until it veers south, keep going until the first corner then head west. On a gorgeous early morning the Kintra coastline is a wonderful place to be. Even better, the local green keepers i.e. the sheep had done their job perfectly keeping the grass very short. Even better still, it was warm!

After a fairly short walk a beach will be seen with an easy slope to leading down. Beautiful views north towards Port Charlotte can be seen with the hills beyond. To the east side of the bay is Dun a Chail, probably the most beautiful place I'd been to in 2018.

The dun is overshadowed by a small pointy hill which probably helped its eastern defence. A small grassy covered stairway leads to the entrance which was being used when I arrived by exiting sheep. Cleverly the Iron Age peoples made use of the natural walls incorporating them into the man made walls. Sadly some of the walls have collapsed on either side of the dun. It is approximately 12m in length being just over 6m wide. To the west there is the perfect natural harbour called Laggan Bay, to the east a somewhat rockier effort.

Not many people come here nowadays and maybe that is a good thing as it is a truly remarkable place. It was also is the first place I'd been to for a long time where I'd seen no rubbish.

Wonderful, wonderful site.

Visited 1/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th January 2019ce

Kilgraney (Chambered Tomb)

The landowner here is very proud of what he has on his land. There's even a sign on the gate into the field announcing the presence of the Kilgraney Dolmen. The structure here is badly collapsed however. I struggled to identify any of the orthostats but I'm sure they have been plundered down through the years as there are distinct quarry marks on two of them. The babbling stream not 5 metres away from the monument is soothing. Access is downhill from the aforementioned farm gate and visitors are welcome. ryaner Posted by ryaner
7th January 2019ce
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