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Craigiehowe

Cairn(s)

<b>Craigiehowe</b>Posted by drewbhoyCraigiehowe © drew/B
Nearest Town:Fortrose (6km NNE)
OS Ref (GB):   NH678514 / Sheet: 26
Latitude:57° 32' 0.47" N
Longitude:   4° 12' 30.03" W

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Here at the mouth of Munlochy Bay there are the traces of more than half a dozen cairns. And at the end beyond them, on the tip of the land, a cave, about which the RCAHMS record says:
Craigiehowe Cave is traditionally inhabited by the Fingalians.
At the mouth is a dripping well which is resorted to as a cure for deafness.
W J Watson 1904. (Place Names of Ross and Cromarty).
The Statistical Account of the 1790s mentions that:
There is one large cove in this parish, at a place called Craig-a-chow (a name given it for its famous echo) at the entrance of the bay of Munlochy, it is very large and reaches far into the rock, so far indeed that the farmers in the neighbourhood were obliged to shut it up toward the hill with rubbish; for, when their sheep and goats strayed into it, they were never again seen nor heard of. The mouth of the cave was made up with stone and lime several years ago, by traders who secured and secreted smuggled goods in it; but since that contraband trade has been abolished on this coast, the mason work is fallen to decay. The cave could easily contain, I am told, a whole ship's cargo.

In this cave, there is a spring of water to which the superstitious part of the people attribute a medicinal effect, and still repair to it on the first Sunday of every quarter, for a cure to any malady or disease under which they happen to labour. The water is said to be particularly famous for restoring the sense of hearing, by pouring a few drops of it into the affected ear; but this, in my opinion, must be owing to the cold and piercing quality of the water forcing its way through the obstructions of the ear. The coldness of this water is greater than any I ever tasted, and no wonder, for the sun never shines upon it, and it oozes through a considerable body of rock.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
27th February 2009ce
Edited 27th February 2009ce

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Craigiehowe 3 (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

This is the furthest east and the last remaining, as far as I could see (except Arrie), cairn of the Craigiehowe area. It is a sad state of affairs as it has almost been completely obliterated.

A very low mound about 10m in width remains and can be seen quite clearly. What looks like kerbs or smallish standing stones have been flattened, field clearance flung on top and sadly it looks like it will be completely removed reasonably soon.

Follow Craigiehowe 2 head north east then follow the track north, eventually this will head east, and keep going until an almost clear field. The remnants are in the middle.

Cracking views of Munlochy and its bay. Beautiful area this, with a trail of prehistoric destruction as follows.

NH 6787 5154 couldn't be found.

NH 6791 5157 gone.

NH 679 516 gone.

NH 6794 5161 gone.

Hopefully someone will come along and prove me wrong especially for the 'not found'.

Visited and not visited 4/1/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th April 2019ce

Craigiehowe 3 (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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16th April 2019ce

Craigiehowe 2 (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The second survivor at Craigiehowe sits right next to were I parked so is in fact a very short walk, it felt longer as I'd probably walked over a mile to get to the cairn near the house.

Situated next to forestry track I hope this cairn survives as a few sites nearby have been completely trashed.

It sits at almost 8m wide and 1.5m tall being covered in turf, furze and ferns. On the north east side some of the cairn can be seen.

Next it was on to the carnage :-(

Visited 4/1/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th April 2019ce

Craigiehowe 2 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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16th April 2019ce

Craigiehowe (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

This cairn appears to have done very well to survive as most of its near neighbours have received some very harsh treatment. Still this site was protected during the building of a very nearby house.

It sits about 12m wide and is about 2m tall with a small hint of houking. Some cairn material pokes through but otherwise the cairn appears undamaged which considering what has happened nearby is something of a minor miracle.

From Viewbank, near the path to Creag A Chaisteil, I headed back west then took the minor road heading north east until its end. For parking I kept going up the forestry track until I found plenty room to park. From there I headed back to minor road, headed slightly south then headed back north east on the tarred track. The cairn is in front of the house to the north.

Excellent views south and west.

Visited 4/1/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th April 2019ce
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