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Sysa (Artificial Mound)

I have to agree with the consensus that this "artificial mound" is enirely natural, although it does undoubtedly have many interesting tales associated with it.

Carrol (Broch)

An excellent, and well preserved, broch.

Ousdale Burn (Broch)

Easily the best preserved broch on the northern Scottish mainland. Just inside the southern limit of Caithness. Not signposted from the A9. Time visits well to avoid it being totally overgrown.

The Great U of Stemster (Standing Stones)

Whereas the site has always been within a fenced area, overgrown and neglected and with a landowner who didn't want people to enter the site I am happy to report that it is now a delight to visit.

The grass has been cut back, and the fences have been repositioned. There is now no fence between the site and the layby/parking place. If you want to visit the immediately adjacent chambered tomb, though, be prepared to climb a (nice, new, shiny) fence and risk the wrath of the land owner.

Glencoe Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

The nearest notable stone to this NGR that I'm aware of is Clach Eanruig at NN 1043 5866, which is not a standing stone itself.

There are no standing stones in Glencoe, according to the NMRS. It's a cool, and slightly suspicious, looking stone, but I strongly suspect it's otherwise unremarkable.

Ord Hill (Hillfort)

Very nice walk Forestry Commission walk, accessed by talking the Drumsmittal turning off the A9 (just north of Kessock bridge) or from the picnic area on the southbound carriageway.

One of the four hillforts with direct line of sight to Craig Phadraig hillfort, above Inverness. Heavy tree coverage means that only Knockfarrel to the west is easily visible.

There are extensive remains of the walls of the south west side of this vitrified fort, of which I've posted photographs.

The superb views in all directions that you might expect from this site are rendered almost totally nonexistant by dense forestry.

Balnabeinn Hut Circle (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

The photographs don't do this justice - it's one of the best preserved hut circles I've ever seen. It even still contains traces of an internal dividing wall.

It's an off-path walk across heather and boggy ground.

Torr Phadruig (Round Cairn)

One of the many cairns in this part of Caithness. An off-path walk, through heather and boggy ground.

Dorrery (Chambered Cairn)

One of the many chambered cairns in this part of Caithness. This one is visible from the road. Visited at the end of our circuit of the many sites around Ben Dorrery and Beinn Freiceadain.

Torr Beag (Chambered Cairn)

One of the many chambered cairns in this part of Caithness. An off-path walk, through heather and boggy ground.

Ben Dorrery (Standing Stone / Menhir)

A short, but steep and off-path, walk down to the west of the mast that sits atop Ben Dorrery.

Torr Mor (Round Cairn)

Round cairn, with a cist on the top.

Dorrery (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Solitary standing stone, approximately 5ft in height. It is in wet, boggy ground and there are no paths to it.

Ben Freiceadain (Chambered Cairn)

This chambered cairn, which has a modern cairn on top of it, sits just within the northern part of Bualie Oscar hillfort.

Ben Freiceadain (Hillfort)

A short walk from the mast atop Ben Dorrery, although it's across heather - so avoid during tic season. This fort, also known as Buaile Oscar, covers a fairly large area and makes good use of natural rock defenses.

Roghadal (Stone Circle)

In 1915, Wedderspoon described it as "a beehive shaped structure". RCAHMS say that according to local fishermen it is a natural rock formation - and is "similar to others in the area". This is also what they say about the 'circle' in the Pool of Borodil - except in that case they say it's similar to "several others".

Learable Hill (Stone Row / Alignment)

Took some finding, despite guidance from CanMap printouts - but once you spot the large standing stone it becomes considerably easier. Excellent site - the remains of the cairn seem to be surrounded by a broad stone circle. The large standing stone (cross carved into the western face), with the remains of other some stones in a roughly circular arrangement (either snapped or fallen). There are many rows here, and some of them seem to have interesting alignments to geographical land marks - most notably two converging lines that seem to form a triangle with a distant conical peak. The remains of a stone circle of smaller stones appears to lie just beyond the cairn too. Will definately go back and take more time - taking care to search for the cup-marked stones which are down through the village, towards the trees, which we didn't have time to look for.

Nice walk to the site, through the remains of the village of Learable which was cleared in 1815, with nice views all around. Don't visit during tick season, though - you're off path and on heather most of the time.

Traigh Na Berie (Broch)

One of the most archaeologically significant brochs in existance, due in no small part to the lower section of it being preserved under water.

Canmore has a lenghty entry: NMRS Number is NB13NW 3

Very close to the wheelhouse at Cnip, and the Dun Bharabhat broch. Between them, these three represent what is currently one of the top sites in the country for archaeological research.

Dunnet (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

This distinct hut circle is now signposted from the path around the Dunnet Woods.

Dun Beag (Broch)

As described by Hob.

There's also a fort to the north west, but I was in torrential rain - and with my young family - so will visit that some other time.
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