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Heights of Brae

Chambered Cairn

<b>Heights of Brae</b>Posted by GLADMANImage © Robert Gladstone
Also known as:
  • Clachan Gorach
  • The Foolish Stones

Nearest Town:Dingwall (4km ESE)
OS Ref (GB):   NH514615 / Sheet: 20
Latitude:57° 37' 8.48" N
Longitude:   4° 29' 17.53" W

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Another Orkney-Cromarty cairn in an elevated position - 240m. The most visible remains are four stones from a polygonal chamber standing 1 to 1.5m high. Look around and you can see some low surviving stones from a second, rectangular, chamber which adds to the interest.

Nice site with great views and reasonably accessible.

You are supposed to be able to see Balnacrae from here (4 km NNE) but we forgot to look!

Access. Easy. From the Dingwall/Strathpeffer road (A834) take the turning for the memorial to writer Neil Gunn and park at the memorial car park. Follow the farm track immediately E of the car park to the site. Several gates but all easily opened.

Visited 31 October 2004
greywether Posted by greywether
18th November 2004ce


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Druidical Temples in Scotland.
Severeal of the Druids' places of worship are still to be seen in the Highlands. [..] In our own neighbourhood, above Dochmaluag, there is a pretty large one, the stones of which, it is maintained by many of the peasants in the district, are said to have been, at one time, human beings, which were overtaken with judgment for dancing on the Sabbath day, and that the position of the stones exactly corresponds with the different attitudes of the dancers. Hence the name Clachan Gorach, or foolish stones. -- Rossshire Advertiser.
Quoted in The Scottish Journal, 1847.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th May 2013ce
Edited 14th May 2013ce