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Buldoo (Standing Stones) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Buldoo</b>Posted by markj99<b>Buldoo</b>Posted by markj99<b>Buldoo</b>Posted by markj99 Posted by markj99
29th April 2019ce

Buldoo (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Visited 06.07.11

The 12 foot tall standing stone is easy to spot but the second stone is more reclusive. Canmore ID 8132 gives its location as ND 1992 3374. The split stone is around 6 feet high beside whins at the edge of the field. I'm not sure of the relationship between these stones. They're like Arnold Schwartzenegger and Danny De Devito in Twins.
There is a large recumbent stone NE of the taller menhir at the edge of Latheron. It seems like a better partner for the 12 foot stone. Canmore ID 8660 makes no mention of it.
Posted by markj99
29th April 2019ce

Visited 24.7.14

At Latheron on the A99 take the A9 north. The standing stones are on the rise immediately on your right. One of the stones can be seen from the road when heading towards Latheron.

Time was against us (as ever) and parking on the busy A9 is far from easy although we managed to pull over at a field gate. From here the standing stones can’t be seen so I walked up the field to the higher ground on my right.

As I reached the higher ground the first stone came into view – it is massive!
I assume it was used as some sort of marker for seafarers? It is certainly prominent!

Given the size of both stones I was surprised that I couldn’t see the second stone.
I didn’t have time to get ‘close up and personal’ with the stone I could see so perhaps the second stone is visible from the first? Or perhaps I was looking the wrong way?

Either way, this is a place I would like to re-visit when I have more time. The standing stone I saw is huge and well worth stopping off to see.
Posted by CARL
18th August 2014ce

Buldoo (Standing Stones) — Images

<b>Buldoo</b>Posted by postman<b>Buldoo</b>Posted by postman postman Posted by postman
24th September 2007ce

Forse House (Chambered Cairn) — Folklore

I think the following strange story probably relates to the chambered cairn here?
The Druid of Ach a' bheannaich (i.e. The Druid of the Mound of Blessing or Salutation).

At a short distance to the east of the "Druidical" stones at Acha'bheannaich, parish of Latheron, Caithness, there is a cairn overgrown with heather. In the middle of this cairn there is a small enclosure that closely resembles one of the "Druidical" altars that one may see in various parts of the Highlands. I visited this "Druidical" fane in the winter of 1874. The following legend associated with this tumulus was related to me by one of the Caithness ministers, an intimate friend, now deceased:

"When the principal Druid of that district had become so old and infirm that he could no longer perform the functions of his office, he was burnt alive on this altar as a sacrifice. While he was being offered, the young Druid who had been appointed his successor in office kept going round in the altar-smoke - ex fumo dare lucem-- that he might catch the spirit of his predecessor as it took its flight."
p87 in
Folklore from the Hebrides. III
Malcolm MacPhail
Folklore, Vol. 9, No. 1. (Mar., 1898), pp. 84-93.

It's hard to know how to interpret it really. Humour? Pro-Christian propaganda? Real belief? Who knows.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th April 2007ce

Forse House (Chambered Cairn) — Miscellaneous

Here there are "two turf-covered cairns some 13.0m in diameter and 1.0m high, very badly mutilated and robbed." In the centre of one cairn you can see three upright slabs, probably the remains of a chamber - maybe the other cairn had/has one too. (RCAHMS record). Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th April 2007ce

Forse House (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

The RCAHMS record says "A standing stone, rectangular in section and measuring 2ft by 1ft 2ins and 5ft 8ins high, facing NNW-SSE, stands in the corner of an enclosed wood some 200 yds ENE of the gamekeeper's house at Forse."

The Official Visitor in the 1960s wasn't too impressed and said they thought it was nothing more than a cattle-rubbing stone. However, the 1980s Visitor thought it had a good chance of being prehistoric.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th April 2007ce
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