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Culbo (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

After a long and fairly annoying look around the 'improved field' at Brae Farm we headed south west back along the minor road until the Culbo junction. Follow the road until the second major corner and take the farm track south.

Canmore has the cairn situated amongst trees, however these trees are long gone and a new fir tree plantation was being planted when I arrived which meant that I could clearly see the cairn, slightly uphill, to the south.

An easy walk of about 400 meters leads to the cairn. It has been clipped by a track to the east and has had field clearance bunged on northern side. On the eastern side a couple of kerbs remain in place. Some type of plant grows on the southern side as well, whatever it is it makes the cairn look in need of a hair cut. On top of the cairn the earthfast stones are still there and at various points cairn material is clearly visible. To the east there is a chamber cairn, to the west and north glorious views of Wyvis and the Cromarty Firth.

A fine cairn to end a fine days hiking in the Black Isle, despite the untidiness of Brae Farm. Better get there in the near future or once again the cairn will be hidden by trees.

Visited 10/4/2019.

Brae Farm (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

This much damaged cairn is in a corner of a disaster area to the north of the barns at Brae Farm. The kerb in the north arc is fairly well still preserved whilst others lay strewn everywhere around. Yet it still survives at just over 7m wide and at its tallest is 1m, the collapse in the cairn appears to have been filled in. There is a lot of rubble lying about thanks to the 'improvements'.

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As for the chamber cairn supposedly nearby, stones were lying everywhere, gorse/whins piled up. Will go back to have a look, but hugely annoying.

Visited 10/4/2019.

Brae Farm (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

After returning to the forestry car park near Breachloch, we about turned and headed back north, then take the first minor road heading north east, keep going along till the road ends (very straight, very twisty, very straight) meeting another minor road. Take this road which heads south east then north east. If you look to the south the cairn can be spotted before the road to Brae Farm. At the farm I asked permission to park which was kindly given.

At the farm head west into the field avoiding the barns, basically horse shoe round these buildings and after a couple of fence jumps the cairn is in front with stunning views north (the town in front is Alness), west and east.

The cairn, at one time completely separate, appears to have been joined by field clearance on its eastern side. I noticed that cattle feeders had also been used on top of the site. Still kerbs remain in place to the south and the width, 9m, can still be detected. It is almost 1m in height.

This site has seen much better days, hopefully it can be rescued.

Visited 10/4/2019.

Breachloch Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

On leaving the dun at Findon Cottage we headed back west on the B9169 towards Culbokie taking the first minor road south east. Keep going until the road becomes very straight, half way down this there is car parking for forestry walks on the west side.

We walked back up the road until a track heading east, near a mast, which gradually turns into a walkers track.

The forestry people discovered the cairn and have completely made sure that it will be almost impossible to find. It has been trashed and trees planted on top. Only the height (1m) of the site gives an indication of its whereabouts, deep trenches either side make it dangerous for walking. Its width is approx 10m.

Sadly not much to see, a nice walk tho except for the approach to the site.

Visited 10/4/2019.

Findon Cottage (Stone Fort / Dun) — Fieldnotes

After a lengthy stay at Carn Mor we headed back into Culbokie to head further east along the B9169 until the first minor road heading north, keep on the road as it swings to the east. Plenty room to park at Milton Cottage.

Head west across the road, down a fairly steep gully, jump the Findon Burn, climb up the other side and the remains of the dun will be straight in front.

The dun has been badly quarried but enough remains to give a fairly good idea of what might have been. In parts the surrounding wall/rampart still survives at 1m high and is 3.5m wide.

Nice site despite being almost an extension of a garden and despite my best efforts I didn't fall into the burn.

Visited 10/4/2019.

Carn Mor (Stone Fort / Dun) — Fieldnotes

After the stunning site at Culbokie Henge we headed east to Culbokie on the B9169 taking the first minor road that heads south(ish). Keep going until a forestry car park, this has two informative boards about the dun.

Through the woods to the north the village of Culbokie can be seen, showing how the village has grown since the Canmore photo. It seems to me that the eastern side of the Black Isle has a lot of new builds.

The dun had three ramparts which, at the moment, can be best seen on the north due to some heather burning. Fallen stonework indicates how big these defences must have been, the innermost rampart has spread to over 5m wide surrounding an area of 18m. The complete width seems very close to 60m with a clear entrance on the south west.

One of the best duns I've seen.

Visited 10/4/2019.

Culbokie (Henge) — Fieldnotes

We parked at Teanagairn Cottage (on the B9169, west of Culbokie village), which overlooks the Cromarty Firth, its bridge and Dingwall (to the west). The oil rigs in for servicing at Invergordon can also be clearly seen.

To be honest this site came to me as a bit of a shock as it is quite well preserved and is over 30m wide. As a meeting place it is perfectly placed. Like Stoer, I had a good look at some of the stones near the wooded track, makes you wonder. Also some largish and lengthy stones are piled beside the gate which leads to the track back to the B9169.

Superb site.

Visited 10/4/2019.

Cat Cairn 2 (Kerbed Cairn) — Links

Canmore


Notes for the roundhouse and kerb cairn, from Ian Suddaby.

Baron's Cairn 2 (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Croftcrunie (Megalithic Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

Not much remains of the Bronze Age cremation cemetery, what does remain is the badly damaged mound and a well lowered enclosure which is well over 20m wide.

The north east edge of the site is up against a fence. Still at least something survives unlike the nearby chamber cairn, still there 1963 gone by 1970.

From A9 take the A832 east at the Tore roundabout, then take the first minor road south. Go about a mile and pull in at the first forestry track. Follow this track, east, until near its end then look for a small track heading south. This heads straight to the site which can be spotted as there is a fallen tree on the north west.

There is an atmosphere here, there always is amongst trees I think, probably enhanced by the destruction of the nearby chamber cairn.

Visited 10/4/2019.

Cabrich (Hillfort) — Images

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Phoineas (Hillfort) — Images

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Orkney — News

Climate change tests on Orkney's Neolithic sites


International scientists are meeting in Orkney to develop a system for assessing the risks to world heritage sites posed by climate change.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48028191

Phoineas (Hillfort) — Images

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Castle Spynie (Broch) — Images

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Corffhouse (Hillfort) — Images

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Carmont Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From Square's Knap head downhill then follow the fence to the top of the hill which leads straight to the Carmont Cairn, north west. I've known were Carmont has been all the time but never visited.

It is similar to the cairns at the Tower of Johnson and the Cairn of Shiels in that it is made up of well rounded pebbles.

Being over 16m wide and almost 1m tall it has impressive all round views. The one major surprise is the proximity of the A90.

A great cairn, a great place but sadly its near neighbour has all but gone.

Visited 28/3/2019.

Corffhouse (Hillfort) — Images

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