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<b>Wheedlemont</b>Posted by drewbhoyImage © drewbhoy
Also known as:
  • Nether Wheedlemont

Nearest Town:Huntly (13km N)
OS Ref (GB):   NJ480266 / Sheet: 37
Latitude:57° 19' 37.26" N
Longitude:   2° 51' 52.25" W

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Rhynie is situated on the A97 south of Huntly. Make for the square, easily spotted as the church is there, and leave by Moss Road. Follow this road, passing Templand and Upper Ord, for approx two miles looking to the left. The circle is in the field only a short distance from the road. One stone still proudly stands, another lays fallen whilst two have dragged away to beside the road being now hidden amongst bushes. Must have been impressive!

Visited August 08.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th June 2009ce

Also known as Wheedlemont Hill, this hill has caught our attention several times, standing out in the landscape or poking up over another hill with a distinctive shape similar to that of The Barmkyn and Barmekin Hill. The interest has been piqued by finding the bit in the Modern Antiquarian that what the OS map calls a 'fort' at the summit is - even according to official HMSO books - not a fort but a ritual causewayed enclosure.

The OS map marks a single standing stone at the foot of the hill, Modern Antiquarian calls it the remains of a circle, but says it was lost in deep crop on the field trip so they left it alone. Today the stones are clear in cropped cattle pasture.

The farmer is (as they've all been) very friendly and absolutely fine about us visiting the stones. I really do like having permission, it frees you to really look around, walk around, poke around in the hedges, get the map and spread it out and generally take your time and get a true vibe of the site. Ones where we've not had permission always give me a background unease, like trying to have a conversation on a car journey when the petrol warning light's been on for 10 minutes.

The stones do indeed appear to be two, and suggest themselves as the remains of a circle, and our initial feeling is one of Modern Antiquarian: 1, OS: nil. The fallen and moved stone lies on top of some small stones 20 or 30 metres from the solitary stander that has the Batman ear shape and NW/SE axis that suggests it as a flanker. The fallen stone is larger and is flat on one side which would suggest it as the recumbent except that it would've only been two foot high, so this seems unlikely. It may even be unrelated field clearance and the OS map is right.

The standing stone has an unweathered look on the 'inside' and a lack of lichens like the side of a flanker that was partially protected from the elements by a recumbent. However, the lack of lichens on the lower inside of a stone may not be due to the protection of a recumbent; it's more likely to be the result of being a favourite rubbing post for itchy-arsed livestock. And indeed in this case further examination shows a certain polishedness on the corners that is clearly the work of extensive buffing by cows arses.
Posted by Merrick
7th August 2000ce
Edited 5th March 2023ce


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I find it hard to beleve that these guys didn't spot the stones amongst the bushes. Luckily for me John Porter did.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th June 2009ce