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Clune Wood


<b>Clune Wood</b>Posted by LesHamiltonImage © Les Hamilton
Nearest Town:Banchory (11km W)
OS Ref (GB):   NO79559494 / Sheets: 38, 45
Latitude:57° 2' 42.67" N
Longitude:   2° 20' 13.49" W

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Visited: April 7, 2017

Just a short distance east from Clune Hill Stone Circle lie several cairns.

Canmore states: "At least four cairns were recorded in mature woodland just E of the stone circle and ring cairn. They seem to be associated with ceremonial monuments rather than being the products of clearance."

This map shows the 10 metre OS reference square (green rectangle) and the position of the stone circle (blue marker).

The ground here is extremely hummocky, most of the small mounds being either moss-covered tree stumps of mature grassy tussocks. Additionally, almost everything was covered by dead bracken and the usual forestry detritus. In the event, I located just one likely candidate for a cairn.

The mound in the photographs, though, was made of sterner stuff: measuring approximately 2½×1½ metres and not far short of a metre in height, it proved to be solid. And although no evidence of a kerb was visible, probing around its base did hit stone at a couple of locations.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
7th April 2017ce
Edited 9th September 2019ce