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<b>Crantit</b>Posted by widefordImage © wideford
Nearest Town:Kirkwall (2km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   HY4409 / Sheets: 6, 7
Latitude:58° 57' 53.04" N
Longitude:   2° 58' 25.83" W

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Grid reference down to a few metres now, RCAHMS will update sometime now I have passed on further details. wideford Posted by wideford
12th January 2004ce
Edited 14th January 2004ce

HY 44 09. RCAHMS No. HY40NW 5.
Not being found in the Crantit region RCAHMS have referenced this to a structure in Upper Scapa. Not easy to get to, lying in a valley field. If it isn't a souterrain it could represent the remains of a chambered cairn. It has been suggested to me that it was made for cattle but I reckon the line of very short stone orthostats along the length would risk their laming.
The reason Ordnance Survey found no memory of the site with the farmer in 1966 is that the Bichan's only bought Crantit in 1949 .
wideford Posted by wideford
25th November 2003ce
Edited 13th February 2004ce


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The 1882 map shows two Hillheads. The second, just before you come to Highland Park Distillery, is no longer extant. It was called Hillhead of Crantit (HY45090927). HY40NW 13 places two balls recovered here (though confusingly also naming it Hillhead House, which is Hillhead of Scapa) .The other side of the house boundary, at HY45090924, was a minor earthwork. Though my photos are of the feature identified by the O.S. as the souterrain it strikes me as a possibility, should our identification prove wrong, that it may have been there instead. wideford Posted by wideford
8th April 2005ce
Edited 8th September 2005ce

It is possible that the site the O.S. identified with the souterrain is the same as that Old-maps shows to have been marked as one of Orkney's multitude of wells. Too close to call. wideford Posted by wideford
11th March 2005ce