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<b>Ballinluig</b>Posted by theloniousImage © thelonious
Nearest Town:Kingussie (14km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   NH86380989 / Sheets: 35, 36
Latitude:57° 9' 57.19" N
Longitude:   3° 52' 44.55" W

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21/06/2017 – How many times I’ve driven past this one, oblivious to its existence, I couldn’t tell you. It’s right next to the A9. Noticed it on the 1:25000 OS map recently by chance and as I was in the area last week thought I’d have a look.

Quickest way is probably to park in a layby on the A9 (there are ones either side of the road nearby) and head straight for it but there is a barb wire fence to cross.

Much better is the walk round Loch Alvie. We parked just west of the Rowan Tree hotel on the B9152 (small layby). Head past the hotel and take the track (black gates, access OK) to Loch Alvie. The track loops round the loch (Ospreys fishing at this time of year). Turn left before the house and then left again just before the track goes under the A9. This leads straight to the cairn. This approach hides the A9 from you and gives a better feel to the visit.

What a fine ring cairn this is. Good kerb stones on the west side. East side ones have gone. Lovely views across the Loch and to the big hills. I liked this one.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
26th June 2017ce
Edited 26th June 2017ce

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Ballinluig (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Leaving Aviemore and heading west on the A9, just before it becomes a dual carriageway, there is a road to the right which leads to Ballinluig Farm. I searched for someone to ask permission to park, found nobody but left ticket on the dash saying what I was up to.

Head south from the farm, open the gate, keep going, cross the Coachan Ruadh, luckily for me at normal levels and to you'll come to a fenced pheasant section. There is a gate on the south.

The grass covered cairn sits on top of the small hill and has a fair amount of water tanks, corrugated iron etc surrounding it. However, it seems to have maintained its shape being 8m wide and going by my tape measure nearly 1m high. There is rock content in the middle of the cairn.

If it hadn't been for the surroundings this would be a very beautiful site.

Visited 23/10/2021.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th November 2021ce
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