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Cairn(s) (Destroyed)

<b>Sandend</b>Posted by drewbhoyImage © drew/amj
Nearest Town:Portsoy (3km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   NJ56016571 / Sheet: 29
Latitude:57° 40' 45.04" N
Longitude:   2° 44' 15.76" W

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<b>Sandend</b>Posted by drewbhoy <b>Sandend</b>Posted by drewbhoy


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Cairns and stones circles have often been recycled for places of execution, courts, towers, beacons, bases for crosses, roads, houses etc etc. This is the first one I've seen rebuilt into a windmill on the spot where it stood. Originally a stone circle probably surrounded the cairn, also in the same field, to the west, a barrow stood. Wonderful views to the Moray Firth and south to Durn Hill.

Situated to the north of the A98 between Portsoy and Cullen just east of the Sandend junction. Pull in at the Glasshaugh Distillery (tragically closed, or it looked closed as it was deserted). The unusual remains of the cairn are in the field to the west.

Visited 15/5/2012.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th May 2012ce
Edited 17th May 2012ce


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Near the distillery lies the affectionately named 'Cup And Saucer'. This tower like structure is the remains of a windmill, built in the mid-eighteenth century by the local proprietor, General James Alexander of Glasshaugh. Abercromby was at one point Commander in Chief of the British forces in North America, but returned home after a humiliating defeat in battle at Ticonderoga. His windmill was built on top of a Bronze Age Cairn using much of it's stonework. It ceased production during the first half of nineteenth century but stands as a reminder of times gone by.

Mark Leith, Knock News Issue 61
March 2012.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th May 2012ce