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moss Posted by moss
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Strone (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Rockandy found an easy route to get to Strone, leaving from the standing stone at Sannaig I thought I'd found an easy route as well.

From Sannaig I headed back down to the track and headed south west until the track ended. So cross country I went through forest quite often slipping downhill on my backside. However, eventually I headed westish to see a wall, fence and an old bothy, in the distance Strone Standing Stone.

Fortunately, I found a gate so save any jumping of fences. Luckily, there hadn't been any rain or underfoot would have been very boggy.

The impressive stone stands at 3m tall, the strange thing being that despite walking round the site several times I didn't find its fallen friend.

Superb views especially to Poll a Cheo, the bay to the south. Close by are a chamber cairn, cairn and a cist but time had beat me and an appointment at the Jura Hotel had to be kept.

So the last visit to site on Jura this trip, plenty more to find. Next time!

Visited 28/07/2021.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
26th October 2021ce

Sannaig (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

From the fort at Creag An Dunan I headed back to the main track and followed it until it came to Sannaig, a collection of a long empty township and rusting machines. When this track meets another track head north east continually looking north west, here you'll find/see a couple of tracks made by visitors to the stone(s).

Originally this would have been part of a stone row with three stones. However two have fallen and are gradually being covered in moss. A gentle restoration would be nice for the intact fallen stone, sadly the third stone appears to be broken.

Set in a nice open space, this is a beautiful site.

Visited 29/07/2021.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th October 2021ce

Ardfin Forest (Cist) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Ardfin Forest</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Ardfin Forest</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th October 2021ce

Ardfin Forest (Cist) — Links

Canmore


Put up for directions, rediscovered by the Jura Chronicle people.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th October 2021ce

Jura Chronicles (FB)


A nice wee video explaining the site discovered during forestry operations. Nicely filmed.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th October 2021ce

Creag An Dunain (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

After the previous day's huge hike it was back to the much easier trek to the fort at Creag An Dunain. I parked on the south side of Sannaig Wood, plenty room. Follow the track as it heads south, and follow it as it heads east. Take the first track heading north which leads to a dis-used quarry, clamber up the slope to the east, the fort will be in front of you.

This is the entrance to the fort. Ruined wall surrounds the crag which to south has very steep cliffs. It is likely that the fort has been clipped, or at least the entrance has, by the quarrying.

A good start to the afternoon.

Visited 29/07/2021.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th October 2021ce

Kinuachdrachd (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

This is quite literally the end of the road as far as Jura is concerned. The track ends at Kinauchdrachd at a farmhouse that both looks like it's being restored or fallen down. What has almost fallen is the small houses of the small hamlet that once existed here.

Just beyond these buildings is a flat area which looks as if it has been farmed, this houses the two cairns.

The cairn at NR 7053 9885 is the largest being 11m wide and 1m tall. It appears to have a capstone or large stone on top. Apart from that it is grass covered. Canmore say no kerbs, I think a couple poke their heads through the turf.

The smaller cairn is only 15m to west and is also grass covered but a very lovely shape. It is almost 5m wide and 0.6m tall.

Both cairns have tremendous views over the Sound Of Jura and Scarba (island), the other side of Corryvreckan.

Now for those going on to Corryvreckan viewpoint to see the standing wave, whirlpools and Scarba finding the path can be a nightmare. We scrambled up the steep slopes through woods to eventually reach the path heading north, however there is a much easier way. Go back to the farmhouse and head down the track for 50m, look for a broken stump on the west side, this marks the beginning of the route to the viewpoint. The post, which once upon a time had a sign, has all but rotted away, look up the hill and path can be spied but the beginning of it cannot be seen. The ferns on Jura have had a glorious year!. The track is fairly easy, over a couple of wee hills till the viewpoint.

Despite the length of the walk, this is a stunning place, stunning scenery and a lot of prehistory on the way. Give yourself plenty time and leave earlyish, by the time we arrived back to the car it was still daylight, by the time we arrived back in Craighouse it was dark.

Great walk, great sites, and feet reasonably fine.

Visited 28/07/2021.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th October 2021ce

Barnhill (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

I couldn't get to the dun but I could get to the Kerb Cairn. Keep following the road north until, at a severe corner, you go past the entrance to Barnhill.

There is a flatter area of grass as the road heads north, look east you'll see a gap in the dyke which leads up the small hill of Glac A Chneamha. Along with nearby Cnoc an t-Sabhail, the area Barnhill was built on, there is evidence of small hamlets and a now long gone population. Bronze Age people lived here and maybe they had a small village here as well. I couldn't find that, I found some of the medieval 'but n ben's and more importantly for here the cairn remains in place.

Once on top of Glac A Chneamha head south over fairly uneven ground, nothing to bad.

The site is almost 5m wide and 0.3m tall. One kerb remains in place, its near neighbour topped and another on the east also toppled. However in the centre there is perhaps a cist, hard to tell with all the vegetation. Jura has had a remarkable summer for ferns! Absolutely stunning views, the Sound of Jura, mainland Scotland, to the north Scarba's east coast.

Onwards and north.

Visited 28/07/2021.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th October 2021ce

Rubh' an Truisealaich (Stone Fort / Dun) — Fieldnotes

Continuing northwards we eventually looked down into the valley in which Barnhill stands, the house made famous by George Orwell who wrote 1984 here and by some of his exploits on boats.

The house is still owned by the Fletcher family who rented it to Orwell, and at the time of this visit the house was occupied by members of the Fletcher family. To get to the site would have meant walking across their land and nobody was at home.

So pictures of the dun perhaps broch from afar. Tremendous site for such a monument with superb views south. East and north views of the Sound of Jura and the Scottish mainland.

Would have been nice to get closer.

Visited 28/07/2021.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th October 2021ce
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