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Law Of Melrose



Having walked the Macduff to Rosehearty route a few times, I decided to visit the Law Of Melrose by another route. Mistake!

Having parked just after the Newton of Melrose, on the B9031 travelling east from Macduff, farm it looked like a fairly short walk to the cairn. What I didn't predict was the sharp drop into small valley, boggy at best, with three burns to jump, and a short but steep climb on the other side. Throw in a few barbed wire fences and the walk had become an obstacle course, with one person in the race I still managed to come in second! So much for the short cut.

The cairn has magnificent all round views, the Moray Firth to the north and excellent views east and west (as far as the Black Isle). Cairn Lee blocks the southern view, it's views to the south are all the way to Bennachie. Grass covers the cairn which is over 28 meters in diameter and 4 meters high. Legend says that executions happened here, as does Canmore, but on checking, at the nearby and useful Banff Museum, no records of this could be found.

Took the same route back to car with my luck holding out. No visits to the burn...boost!

Visited 16/10/09.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
17th October 2009ce
Edited 18th October 2009ce

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