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Dun Ban (Promontory Fort)

We parked at Tangasdale and followed the Hebridean Way, west, heading towards the coast and dunes. Following various marker posts we headed south via various inlets and very odd rock placements, oddly not noted by Brannigan etc. Other rock settings they did note, once again where not found.

Still Dun Ban is a fantastic site, it probably is a promontory fort, once again it could be described as broch, the walls are wide enough, in parts still in good condition.

We had the good weather, which luckily had accompanied us on the days before and after.

On returning to the car we walked up to Loch Tangasdale to have a look at Castle Sinclair / Dun Mhic Leoid, a tower built on top of an island. Sadly no dun or crannog, no sign of a chamber cairn also despite a good look.

Visited 12/07/2022.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
5th October 2022ce

Breibhig (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Heading south from Bruernish, on the A888, I parked just beyond the junction to the houses of Breibhig near quite a severe corner. People have used this space to head south west on a small track that leads straight to the stones, one up and one down.

One of the best settings for views east, back then and more recently as the concrete block shelter proves.

Once again I provided a masterclass of being unable to find invisible sites, including a supposed stone circle, a case of Canmore's favourite phrase 'no trace'.

Still the standing stones and scenery make it all worthwhile.

Visited 12/07/2022.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
5th October 2022ce

Stellhead S (Cairn(s))

Visited 29.09.22

Stellhead S Cairn is a round cairn c. 7.5 miles NNE of St Johnn's Town of Dalry. It measures c. 12 yards in diameter and 2 feet high. There is a 3 feet high Modern Cairn on the S Arc of the cairn. I found 2 possible displaced Kerb stones outside the E and S Arcs respectively. Medium & small stones are scattered on the surface of Stellhead S Cairn with the exception of the W quadrant which is covered in reeds. Stellhead N Cairn is c. 130 yards N of this cairn. Stellhead Cairns are listed as Canmore ID 64330 (go to Links).
Posted by markj99
4th October 2022ce

Stellhead N (Cairn(s))

Visited 29.09.22

Stellhead N Cairn is a round grassy cairn c. 7.5 miles NNE of St Johnn's Town of Dalry. It measures c. 10 yards in diameter and 4 feet high. There are no visible kerb stones on the perimeter. Stellhead N Cairn has been robbed out with the exception of a scattering of small stones in the W Quadrant. Stellhead S Cairn is c. 130 yards S of this cairn. Stellhead Cairns are listed as Canmore ID 64330 (go to Links).
Posted by markj99
4th October 2022ce

Borve Valley 2 (Kerbed Cairn)

Slightly wider than it's near neighbour this site sits at 9m wide and is 0.7m in height. There is a kerb on the south east.

Now another nearby cairn could not be found as the jinx of Brannigan and co re-appeared. The mound to the north east could also not be found in a masterclass of not finding the invisible sites. This had already happened a few times and I can guarantee that this wouldn't be the last hunt for the invisible.

Still we headed up Beinn Mhartainn, by which time the weather had cleared.

Visited 11/07/2022.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th October 2022ce

Borve Valley (Cairn(s))

From Taigh Talamhanta we headed back west via the fallen standing stone and Dun Bharpa to visit the first of two cairns, I could find, near the track/fence south of massive chamber cairn.

The grass covered site is 8m wide and in parts 1m high. Interestingly it appears to have a double kerb on the south side. Infuriatingly someone plonked a fence on the site's south east.

Not the biggest site in the area, but another indicator that this was perhaps used as a path to and from both sides of Barra.

Visited 11/07/2022.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th October 2022ce

Tigh Talamhanta (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Like the T's I found this is a hard place to describe and at the same time found it to be reasonably similar to nearby Balnacraig or Aird Veenish - multi purpose and oft used sites.

We came down the hill from Dun Bharpa were it was almost dry, trying to find a place to cross the marsh to Talamhanta proved a difficult task. Eventually we found a place we could get across and jumped a stream which thanks to the previous nights rain had grown a bit larger in size. The dog was delighted to have a paddle ;-)

Traces of roundhouse, wheelhouse, souterrain, enclosure everywhere. I had read about this place but that made it even more confusing.

Now if the place was to get a good excavation and allowed onlookers I'd be straight over. Great views north and east.

Confusing and interesting at the same time.

Visited 11/07/2022.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th October 2022ce

Dun Bharpa (Chambered Cairn)

From Balnacraig we headed cross country over the west edge of Grianan, to find a sort of track that led straight to Dun Bharpa, situated in the shoulder between Grianan and Beinn Mhartainn.

A stunning place, a huge place, a massive amount of stones / stonework, stones still standing, mega capstones and a view that is outstanding. To the north fairly clear, and today looking south and west misty but clearing gradually.

Standing beside the cairn and walking round it seemed fairly calm, trying to climb to the middle I was met with the full force of the Atlantic wind. However, I didn't fall, or vanish into the cairn. Bizarrely as soon as we stepped back down on turf, or bog in certain bits, the wind died down.

The fallen stone is to the east and it must have been impressive as it is 3m in length, an outlier to the chamber cairn. We found the stone on the way to Taigh Talamhanta.

It is a must visit, a wonderful place.

Visited 11/07/2022.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th October 2022ce

Round Craigs (Cairn(s))

Visited 28.09.22

Round Craigs Cairn is located on a natural knoll c. 50 yards SE of an elongated crag on Round Craigs Summit. The round cairn measures c. 10 yards in diameter and 1 yard high. The perimeter has an intermittent outer kerb of stones less than 1 foot high. Within the cairn there is a discontinuous inner kerb of small earth-fast stones measuring c. 10 feet in diameter and up to 0.5 feet high. The centre of the cairn is a shallow hollow which has been robbed of loose stones.
Round Craigs Cairn is listed as Canmore ID 64354 (go to Links).
Posted by markj99
4th October 2022ce

Mackilston N (Cairn(s))

Visited 28.09.22

Mackilston N Cairn is a robbed-out grassy round cairn in pastureland c. 4 miles N of St John's Town of Dalry. It measures c. 12 yards in diameter and up to 1 foot high. Mackilston S Cairn, a higher mound lies c. 50 yards S. Both cairns are described in Canmore ID 64275 (go to Links).
Posted by markj99
3rd October 2022ce

Mackilston S (Cairn(s))

Visited 28.09.22

Mackilston S Cairn is a robbed-out grassy round cairn in pastureland c. 4 miles N of St John's Town of Dalry. It measures c. 14 yards in diameter and 4 feet high. Mackilston N Cairn, a much-reduced grassy mound lies c. 50 yards N. Both cairns are described in Canmore ID 64275 (go to Links).
Posted by markj99
3rd October 2022ce

Cairn Pat (Hillfort)

Visited 02.10.22

There was a hillfort on the summit of Cairn Pat, a natural defensive stronghold rising to 182m above Sea Level. The hillfort has steep sides on the N, E & W flanks affording natural protection. There are intermittent traces of a double rampart defence round the perimeter of the hill giving further security to the occupiers. On the gentler slopes of the S flank there are traces of secondary and tertiary ramparts. The oval enclosure measures c. 130 yards N-S & 110 yards E-W. Cairn Pat hill is now dominated by a tall antenna and radio station building, erected on the centre of the enclosure. A track from the S cuts through the SE Arc of the ramparts leading to Cairn Pat Radio Station. An OS Trig Point c. 20 yards N of the antenna is the only other feature within the enclosure. Canmore ID 60559 (go to Links) provides a fuller description of Cairn Pat Hillfort.
Posted by markj99
3rd October 2022ce

Treswallock Downs (Cairn(s))

Visited 11.09.22

Treswallock Downs N Cairn (SX11837838) is a grassy mound bisected by the path to Alex Tor. It is almost entirely robbed of stones leaving a round footprint of irregular grassy mounds measuring up to c. 12 yards in diameter & 2.5 feet high. Treswallock Downs N Cairn is listed as Cornwall & Scilly HER Number: 1970.40 (go to Links).
Posted by markj99
27th September 2022ce

Visited 11.09.22

Treswallock Downs Central Ring Cairn (SX11717816) is constructed on a round platform measuring c. 22 yards in diameter & 1 foot high. It has an Outer Kerb, best preserved in the S Arc, measuring c. 17 yards in diameter and 1 foot high. There is an intermittent Inner Kerb of Standing Stones up to c. 2 feet high 2 yards within the Outer Kerb. A continuous Arc of the Inner Kerb can be traced in the E Arc of Treswallock Downs Central Ring Cairn. Large stones lie scattered in the centre of the cairn, probably as a result of stone robbing. Cornwall & Scilly HER Number: 1970.30 (go to Links) give a full description of Treswallock Downs Central Ring Cairn.
Posted by markj99
27th September 2022ce

Alex Tor (Ring Cairn)

Visited 11.09.22

Alex Tor Ring Cairn is the highest cairn of the Treswallock Downs Cairn Cemetery. It is located c. 25 yards NW of Alex Tor Summit. The cairn measures c. 15 yards in diameter surrounded by a stone slab kerb up to a maximum of 5 feet high in the NE Arc. There is a gap in the NW Kerb possibly made by the vandals who excavated the centre of the cairn leaving an interior of irregular mounds and hollows.
Alex Tor Ring Cairn has a 360° panoramic view of Treswallock Downs. It is listed as Cornwall & Scilly HER No. 1970.50 (go to Links).
Posted by markj99
27th September 2022ce

Treswallock Downs (Cairn(s))

Visited 11.09.22

Cornwall & Scilly HER Number: 1970 (go to Links) describes a group of 7 Bronze Age Cairns on Treswallock Downs. They vary from impressive Kerb Cairns to mutilated mounds. I was only able to locate 4 cairns: Alex Tor Ring Cairn (listed separately on TMA), Treswallock N Cairn, Treswallock Central Ring Cairn and Treswallock S Cairn. Treswallock S Cairn is located at SX 1160 7782 as recorded by thesweetcheat.
Posted by markj99
27th September 2022ce

Trehudreth Downs Menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 09.09.22

Trehudreth Downs NW Menhir is a wide slab measuring c. 62 inches high and 51 inches wide, leaning c. 20° SE. There is a second stone set at right angles to the menhir. It is a triangular standing stone measuring c. 2 ft high. The site resembles the remains of a cist but there is no evidence of a surrounding cairn. Cornwall & Scilly HER list this monument as HER Number: 1669 (go to Links) providing a fuller description of Trehudreth Downs NW Menhir.
Posted by markj99
26th September 2022ce

Trehudreth Downs Stone Setting / Row

Visited 09.09.22

Trehudreth Downs Stone Setting / Row is c. 40 yards E of Trehudreth Downs W Cairn. A gorse bush has grown c. 5 feet NW of the standing stone obscuring it from most N & W approaches. The W standing stone leans c. 25° E reaching a height of 62 inches. The 2 recumbent stones lying E form the Arc of a Circle. Cornwall and Scilly HER Number: 3618 (go to Links) has further details of Trehudreth Downs Stone Setting.
Posted by markj99
26th September 2022ce

Greenbarrow Downs Cairns (Cairn(s))

Visited 09.09.22

According to Cornwall & Scilly HER Number: 1634 (go to Links) there are 3 cairns in Greenbarrow Downs Bronze Age Cairn Cemetery. Cornwall & Scilly HER Number: 1634.20 corresponds to Greenbarrow, a round barrow c. 150 yards SW listed separately in TMA. Cornwall & Scilly HER Number: 1634.30 describes a recently scheduled speculative stone mound located c. 35 yards NW of Greenbarrow. A grid search at SX 1303 7302 failed to find it amongst rough moorland tussocks. The remaining cairn, listed as Cornwall & Scilly HER Number: 1634.10 describes a round barrow at SX 1303 7302. Greenbarrow Downs NE is a grassy round barrow measuring c. 17 yards in diameter and 1.5 feet high with a central mound measuring c. 10 yards in diameter and 2 feet high. There is an Excavated Hollow in the centre of the cairn filled with reeds.
Posted by markj99
25th September 2022ce

Greenbarrow (Round Barrow(s))

Visited 09.09.22

Greenbarrow was an obvious target on the SW horizon viewed from Greenbarrow NE Cairn. This impressive grass-covered barrow measures c. 25 yards in diameter with a central mound measuring c. 4 feet high. There is an earthfast Kerb Stone in the W Arc. There is also a large stone on the N Arc of the platform, possibly a displaced Kerb Stone. A ditch is visible between the Central Mound and the raised platform on the N Arc. The hollow centre of the barrow has irregular excavation pits.

Greenbarrow is listed as Cornwall & Scilly HER Number: 1634.20 (go to Links), part of a Bronze Age cairn cemetery. The NGR is recorded as SX 1298 7294.
Posted by markj99
25th September 2022ce

Blakey Topping (Stone Circle)

My first attempt was cut short by the distance from the car, wife and small children are only prepared to wait so long.
Second attempt was thwarted by the local farmer and a policeman, bangin' on about lock downs and pandemics or something.
Third time was the charm.
I was on my own with no legal problems, the only problem being the long walk, i'm philosophically opposed to them. The big hill that is Blakey Topping comes into view early on, I keep making for that, I've no firm idea where the stones are but assume I'll be able to see them from on top of the Topping.
Fighting my way to the top through the bracken was arduous, stopping every ten yards to scour the hedgerows for the stones, still no idea where they are.
The view from the top of the Topping was most agreeable, I sat at the south east end and zoomed the camera here and there looking for the stones. I did see some, I assumed they to be them, so I skipped and stumbled back down to level ground, keeping my distance from the cows in the field, they obliged me by keeping their distance also.
Upon reaching what I thought was the ruined stone circle it turned out to be an old settlement building or something, a weird structure was in it, a circular dip, concrete lined with a boulder in it, this wasn't it so I kept on searching. Memories of other peoples pictures has it by a hedge, so I made for the hopefully right one and followed it round, there was a large stone in the hedge, trapped by two wire fences, I'm getting near, is this an outlier maybe. Reaching the gap in the hedge the circle was finally revealed to me, elation, or something close to it.

So this is a stone circle is it ? Map only goes as far as standing stones, I shall be more charitable.
There are five stones, one is the gate posted stone, there is a fallen stone between the gatepost and the tall stone, there is the low recently (2012?) re-erected stone, and the stone in the hedge. I presume this to be four stones remaining of a stone circle with an outlier twenty or so yards south.
I sat for a while with my back to the fence taking in the still leafy scenery, it'll be bare and drab all to soon, bah! I hate winter.
I'd only payed for two hours in the car park by the Hole of Horcum so I had to bid a fond farewell to the stones and take my leave, on route back to the car I kept turning back to look at the stones and the hill, why couldn't I see them on my way down, oh well, sometimes you cant see the stones for the rocks.
postman Posted by postman
25th September 2022ce

Trehudreth Downs Cairn (Cairn(s))

Visited 09.09.22

I spent a pleasant afternoon surveying cairns, stone rows and standing stones on Greenbarrow & Trehudreth Downs. I found Trehudreth Downs W Cairn, a round grassy mound with an irregular surface measuring c. 20 yards in diameter and 3 feet high. There is the footprint of a stone structure measuring c. 5x4 yards in the E Arc of the cairn. It is located at SX 12475 72749.
Posted by markj99
25th September 2022ce

Trehudreth Downs Cairn (Cairn(s))

Visited 09.09.22

I spent a pleasant afternoon surveying cairns, stone rows and standing stones on Greenbarrow & Trehudreth Downs. I found Trehudreth Downs E Cairn, a round grassy mound with an irregular surface measuring c. 7 yards in diameter and 2 feet high. It is one of 6 sites listed on Historic England List Entry Number: 1005458 (go to Links). It is located at SX 12676 72864.
Posted by markj99
25th September 2022ce

Trehudreth Downs Stone Row (Stone Row / Alignment)

Visited 09.09.22

I spent a pleasant afternoon wandering Trehudreth Downs. I was successfully searching for cairns but also stumbled on this short stone row running WSW-ENE. The stones were low lying and difficult to locate in rough moorland. Upon consulting my GPS I noted that this was the W end of a long stone row. At the time I couldn't locate its remaining portion. The Stone Rows of Great Britain includes Trehudreth Down (go to Links). Stone 19 (SX 12464 72955) and Stone 13 (SX 12499 72967) gives the full range of the stones I found.
Posted by markj99
25th September 2022ce

Stripple Stones (Circle henge)

Visited 10.09.22

Two Stone Circles for the price of one! Trippet Stones & Stripple Stones are a classic double. Hawk's Tor is a bonus. Stripple Stones were restored in 2015 by The Heritage Trust. A modern wall bisecting the henge was removed, the henge was restored and fallen stones re-erected. The current monument has 11 standing stones & 4 recumbent stones in the stone circle and 2 central recumbent stones orientated towards 338°. The large recumbent central stone measures c. 12 ft by 33 inches. The smaller parallel recumbent central stone measures c. 40 inches by 12 inches.
Pictures of all 17 stones in Stripple Stones are available in Historic England List Entry Number: 1006693 (go to Links).
Directions: Take the St Breward/Temple turn off the A30. Follow the St Breward road for c. 0.8 mile to the 1st crossroad. Turn left and park up on the grass verge after c. 0.2 miles. Walk c. 170 yards NNW to Trippet Stones. Walk NE for 0.3 miles to the corner of the common. Follow the track NE for c. 0.35 miles. Walk SE for c. 0.2 miles to the summit of Hawk's Tor. The Stripple Stones are located 0.25 miles SE of the summit. My route to Stripple Stones is on OS Maps (go to Links).
Posted by markj99
21st September 2022ce
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