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Carn Na Croiche



From Aberarder Fort I headed back to the B851 and kept heading south west until I reached an old school appropriately called Old School House. Directly opposite the house there is a gate which leads to forest clearing which basically leads straight to the cairn to the north. The ground here is boggy but there is a path of sorts which leads to a fence which marks the path of pylons. Climb over, cross the clearing and climb the fence on the other side re-entering the trees. A long dis-used track leads to the cairn which is well hidden by ferns.

Another lovely site made to feel older by the ferns and trees. Completely silent, a wonderful place. Carn Na Croiche is set on the south side of the hill with the same name. Several wind breaks have been made as well as the remains of excavations. The stones which apart from the edges (of the cairn) are bare. Being 12.5m wide east/west and 9.5m wide north/south the cairn is oval shaped and stands at almost 2m high. Friends at Croachy had said there had been a gallows on this hill. According to Canmore the cairn marked the spot for the law of the time to be carried out.

This was the last stop for this day and it was time to head back to the road where taking my life in my hands I crossed to the Old School House were a friend had arrived to take me back to my car. The racers had returned to shatter the silence, didn't really matter as I hadn't heard them all day as the sites and countryside had blocked their nonsense out.

Visited 6/7/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd August 2017ce

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