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Dun A' Bhuilg (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Scotland (Country) — News

Modernising the hunt for Scotland's buried treasure


Apps and new technology could modernise the search for buried treasure in Scotland, experts say.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c72pn70p595o

Dun A' Bhuilg (Hillfort) — Images

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Kilmory Knap Chapel (Bullaun Stone) — Fieldnotes

Not quite as remote as Carl makes out, but certainly near the end of the road. The chapel is well worth a look, near the door is a wee bullaun stone, it is about 10cm wide and 8cm deep.

No idea why Canmore don't mention it or the spindle whorl next to it.

Good to see the old ruins of the township being renovated even if it is for holiday homes.

Visited 08/04/2024.

Ardnaw (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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Dun Fhuarlit (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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Kilmory Knap Chapel (Bullaun Stone) — Images

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Perth and Kinross — News

Crannog Centre rises from the ashes three years after fire


Rich Hiden's voice was shaking as he spoke to BBC Radio Scotland in June 2021.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-68661012

Loch Pityoulish (Crannog) — Folklore

This loch, situated between the River Spey and the foothills of the Cairngorms, has an eerie reputation. It is said to harbour a water-horse, which, in defiance of the "each uisge" tradition, is black in colour. This animal is believed to inhabit a sunken "crannog" or prehistoric loch-dwelling, the site of which at the bottom of the loch can be seen on calm days deep down through the clear water.

According to local tradition, the black horse appeared one day many years ago to the young heir to the Barony Of Kincardine as he played with other children at the side of the loch - as a coal-black steed decked out with a silver saddle, silver bridle and silver reins. The boys grasped the reins, which galloped off with them to the loch, and only the young heir remained lived to tell of the encounter, as he alone had had the presence of mind to free his fingers from the reins with a knife.


R MacDonald Robertson - Highland Folktales

Must Farm Logboats — News

Bronze Age 'recycling bin' found at quarry site


The discovery of a 3,000-year-old "recycling bin" used to collect broken objects shows that people from that era were "not very different to us", an expert said.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c13d5yl6kj4o

Dun Ghallain (Stone Fort / Dun) — Folklore

A local chieftain fell in low with a beautiful but low-born maiden. His mother. opposing the match, caused the girl to be transformed by magic into a swan, which the chief, when out hunting, shot (by arrow) and killed. He was horror-struck to see the swan at the moment of its death resume the form of his beloved. Overcome with grief, he fell on his own sword, and the lovers are said to still lie together beneath the ruined walls of Dun Ghallian.

Exploring Sunart, Arnamurchan, Moidart and Morar

Giants' Graves (Chambered Cairn) — Folklore

Two neighbouring chambered cairns on Whiting Bay on Arran are known as the Giants' Graves (although some sources record only one Giant's Grave). It is possible that the giant or giants concerned have something to do with the following tradition.

The Name of this Isle is by some derived from Arran, which in the Irish language signifies Bread: Others think it comes more probably from Arjn or Arfyn, which in their language is as much, as the Place of the Giant fin-Ma-Cowls Slaughter or Execution...the received Tradition of the great Giant Fin-Ma-Cowls Military Valour, which he exercised upon the Ancient Natives here, seems to favour this Conjecture; this they say is evident from the many Stones set up in diverse Places of the Isle, as Monuments upon the Graces of Persons of Note that were killed in Battle.

Martin Martin 1695

Kildalloig (Stone Fort / Dun) — Folklore

A small conical hill at Kildalloig had a circle around the top, most likely the remains of a dun, once upon a time the lair of a huge serpent that devoured sheep and cattle in large quantities.

At last the deliverer arose. A man engaged to fight the serpent on condition that a barn which stood were the ship-building yard now is, should be placed at his disposal.

The barn was at once given to him. Causing a quantity of hay to be placed in it, he rode off to do battle with the serpent. On arriving at the mound he found the serpent asleep. Riding up to it, he dealt it a tremendous blow with his sword.

Although terribly wounded the beast followed hard after him. On coming to the shore, he plunged his horse into the sea and swam across the loch. By the time he reached the other side the beast was close in his heels. Riding into the barn by one door, he rapidly rode out the other, shutting it immediately behind him. Round he rode to the one which the dragon had entered by, and had the satisfaction of seeing the serpents's tail disappearing into the barn, and they had the monster fast. They then set fire to the barn, and burned the dragon to death.


Lord Archibald Campbell 1895

Kildalloig (Stone Fort / Dun) — Links

Canmore


Aerial photographs are interesting.

Blackfaulds Stone Circle — Fieldnotes

After visiting the cairn at Williamston / Tammieteeth I kept heading north west until a farm track that headed north east.

Jump the dyke, chances are if you jump far enough you'll end up landing in the site. 10 stones remain, perhaps only 2 remain upright, 8 of them are taking a rest.

Nice way to finish the day.

Visited 05/01/2024.

Williamston (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From Ardgilzean, I headed north on the A93 taking the first minor road east at Newmiln Cottages. Take the first minor road that heads north west, go past St Martin's Mill, look for clump with tees on top in a field to the west.

Fortunately some frost remained which made the ground easy to walk on. Unlike Ardgilzean, it hasn't been invaded badly by field clearance. There is some, but much of the original cairn is visible.

It is 12m wide and almost 1m tall, a wall that surrounded the site is in a very ruinous condition.

With darkness on its way it was a good time to visit as the sun hadn't vanished, instead the light seemed perfect for visiting, almost an otherworldly feel.

Visited 05/01/2024.

Craig Dorney (Hillfort) — News

No protection for historic Aberdeenshire hill fort threatened by wind farm.


Historic Environment Scotland ruled that plans for a wind farm were 'too advanced' to change the designation of the Craig Dorney hill fort site to one of 'national importance, despite new evidence.

More info :

https://www.aberdeenlive.news/news/aberdeen-news/no-protection-historic-aberdeenshire-hill-9174705

One of my favourite sites, always a privilege to visit. Aberdeen Live have even pinched one my photographs!!!

Machrie Moor (Stone Circle) — Folklore

In the Moor on the East-side Druin-cruey there is a circle f stones, the Area is about thirty Paces; there is a Stone of same shape and kind about forty Paces to the West of the Circle, the Natives say that this Circle was made by the giant Fin-Mac-Cowl, and that to the single Stone Bran-Fin-Mac-Cowls Hunting dog was usually tied......There is a circle of Big-stones to the South of Druin Cruey, the Area of which about is twelve Paces; there is a broad thin Stone in the middle of this Circle, supported by three lesser Stones, the Ancient inhabitants are reported to have burnt their Sacrifices on the broad Stone, in the time of Heathenism.

Martin Martin 1695

Pointhouse (Chambered Cairn) — Folklore

The cairn covered the remains of a great hero. He was wont to wear a belt of gold, which, being charmed, protected him on the field of battle. One day, however, as he rode a-hunting accompanied by his sister, the maid, coveting the golden talisman, prevailed upon him to lend it to her. While thus unprotected he was killed - whether by enemies or mischance the attenuated tradition does not clearly indicate; and this cairn marked the warrior's grave

James King Hewison 1893

Ardgilzean Cottage (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

With night fast approaching I headed for the huge cairn at Ardgilzean. After being given permission to park I made my way, west, along the farm track. Today the cairn stands at 32m wide and is 2.5m tall (I would think they should add a meter to that. Sadly most of the visible stones are tonnes upon tonnes of field clearance. Not much of the original cairn can be seen.

The north / south east has best views of what originally stood. Future years will, no doubt, see these parts covered up as well.

Still the night hasn't fallen completely, so a chance to visit a couple of nearby sites.

Visited 05/01/2024.

Kilspindie (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

Three fallen stones, two with cup marks, make up this stone row.

The east stone has a clearly visible cup mark, the west stone has 3 well worn cup marks, and the middle stone missed out on the rock art.

Nearby woods have more cup marked rocks, another day for them.

Visited 05/01/2024.

Kilspindie (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

I parked mid-way between Oliverbank and Arnbathie Cottages near a small wood. Heading straight south I jumped the fence and headed straight for site(s). A nice gentle climb.

The four poster is near a fallen stone row and consists of two larger stones and two earthfast smaller stones, along with some field clearance.

Not much to look at but the cup marks and stone row make it an interesting place to visit.

Great views to south, to north east Law Hill Fort.

Visited 05/01/2024.
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