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Ring Cairn

<b>Woodside</b>Posted by drewbhoyImage © drew/amj
Nearest Town:Turriff (3km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   NJ745505 / Sheet: 29
Latitude:57° 32' 38.3" N
Longitude:   2° 25' 33.76" W

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This site has caused confusion for a long time in the town and amongst the people who take an interest in ancient things. Pub conservations often have an element of truth and in this case was proved correct. A ring cairn does exist at Woodside but this isn't it, Canmores one is possibly 1/4 mile thru the woods to the west. Only running short of time, rain and dodgy footwear prevented further search for it. But I know where it hides.

Mrs. Shand kindly gave directions, she stays at Woodside farm, to both is interested in local history also explained many things. This ring cairn has no stones left but the cairn can be seen and the middle is hollowed out in a circular shape. But kerbs have been here possibly white quartz as a nearby pile proves. The inner kerb is about 10 feet in diameter, the outer being over double that. The height of cairn between kerbs is about three feet and is tree covered. Some damage has been done to northern side by a tractor. Unfortunately my photographic skills aren't up to much so anybody wanting to do the place justice can get in contact thru the normal means. As for me I'm away to find the other ring.

Just to add to the confusion there is mean't to be a stone circle near Delgatie Castle, fustrating cause I worked there some time ago. Add in a barrow and yet another cairn and the search becomes even better. Even more annoying they are all less than a mile from my front door!

From Turriff head north on the A947 towards Banff. Take first road heading east marked Delgaty and Cuminestown. Woodside farm is the first farm on the left at the end of the road. I asked permission to have a look round which was kindly given. Follow the track, east, behind the house until it's end. Behind the cairn is the boundary fence. I was warned about the Highland Cattle but they seemed quite happy resting in the watery sun. Only a 1/4 mile walk but wear wellies!

Visited 30/9/09.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
3rd October 2009ce
Edited 3rd October 2009ce


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"Ladies from the nearby town of Turriff, in centuries gone by, are supposed to have come to the woods at Delgaty. There they would find lumps of yellowish sandstone which they then shaped into small blocks similar to soap. This they then used, on returning to their homes, with water to clean their kitchen utensils and tables. This practise only stopped in the late 1800's, when the real thing became more available."

Mrs. E. Shand, Woodside Of Delgaty.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
10th October 2009ce
Edited 12th October 2009ce