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Bonlee Hill (Cairn(s))

The remnants of a cairn remain on the north east flank of Bonlee Hill.

Perhaps a hut circle, but more likely to be a cairn going by it's footprint and lack of hut circle normalities. It sits at 6m wide and is 0.4m tall. Stones appear amongst the burnt heather.

I would think there is a great deal more to see on Bonlee Hill, but it might be difficult to find.

Superb views north towards Dalrossach and Culquoich.

Visited 23/12/2020.

Lump of Bonlee (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

From Craig Glas head west through a low lying marsh until a small sream which has to be jumped, once up onto drier or firmer land you have reached the Lump of Bonlee. Heather burning has revealed several hut circles and a cairn in the area, perhaps more sites will be revealed with further burning.

NJ4004207911 could well be a small hut circle or a wee cairn that has been houked. It is 5m wide.

NJ4009507733 possibly another houked out cairn.

NJ4005007769 One of the better preserved hut circles, it sits at almost 9m wide.

NJ4000407775 Another quite well preserved hut circle, this one is just over 6m wide.

Visited 23/12/2020.

Craig Glas (Cairn(s))

To be honest there isn't much to see at the cairn at Craig Glas, however it is situated amongst some beautiful scenery.

I parked at Pronie Loch, walked south on the A97 until a gate with a track heading west. This track meets a smaller track which heads to the top of Craig Glas, stunning scenery as Morven towers to the west, to the north Dalrossach & Culquoich, the south has Deecastle and east has the prehistory laden Cromar area.

The site is on the west side of the hill and is difficult to spot as it is well hidden by the heather. However it's position is given away by the cairn's central point poking through the vegetation. Kerbs appear to be on the north side.

It's a beautiful day, better head over to Bonhill, via a marsh.

Visited 23/12/2020.

Linsidemore (Cairn(s))

Linsidemore looks to be a very good site, however notices on the gates didn't appear to be very friendly so settled for a road side photo, plus with the current situation it was better to settle for the view and then head back home.

The Canmore link will give details of the site.

On the north side of the A837, a couple miles west of the Shin Bridge, clearly visible from the road.

Visited 17/10/2020.

Creag Sron Chrubaidh (Cairn(s))

Creag Sron Chrubaidh was the last stop on a very good day and judging by the photographs it appears to be fairly light, it wasn't and darkness was approaching fast.

The spectacular cliffs of Blair Nam cliffs provided a magnificent backdrop.

This is perhaps a kerb cairn, as kerbs remain in place but being a meter high, at least, and with it's collapsed centre it is more likely to be a chamber cairn. Most of the stones are moss covered in the site which stands at 8m wide.

We parked at the car park Inchnadamph and walked south on the A837, before heading up the slopes of Blair Nam.

Great end to a great day.

Visited 16/10/2020.

Achadh Na H-aghan (Long Cairn)

On climbing back up to the crash barrier I looked back down to discover that according to Canmore, and myself later on, that I'd been standing on the Acadh Na H-aghan Long Cairn. It is the shortest of distances from the two nearby chamber cairns.

The site appears to be undisturbed mostly turf covered, however some patches of stonework are visible. It is 33m long, 14 m wide and at least 2m high. Hopefully more work will be carried out by these busy Assynt Hidden Lives people.

With that I hauled my legs back up the hill for a last look down. No tumbling to report.

Surprise site.


Knockan (Chambered Cairn)

Like Mr G and Carl I climbed down the steep hill to the two sites, and like Mr G the encroaching dark light was becoming a factor.

Both sites are as previously described except that whilst looking around I thought I was standing on top of cairn to get a better view. So instead of climbing up and down once, I climbed up and down twice. The second time, to get a better view of this extra site

Visited 16/10/2020.

Glacbain (Cairn(s))

Sitting above the A835, after Elphin heading north, park nearer the bridge crossing the River Ledmore than at the site if heading south, much safer.

A fairly easy climb up a grass covered slope leads to the easily spotted site. However once on the flat watch out some marshier areas. The kerb cairn is over 4m wide and still has the remains of a cist. Look almost straight north into Cam Loch and the crannog 'Eilean An Tighe' can be seen. If I'd known this at the time I'd have gone for a look.

Great wee site!

Visited 16/10/2020.

Loch Borralan 2 (Crannog)

The second crannog in Loch Borrolan is just to the north west of the motel and can be seen clearly from the road. With dry boots on I tried to wade across, in an effort to find a causeway, but eventually the water became to deep so giving up proved the best option.

It is small site, about 6m wide to my eyes and about 15m from the loch's banks.

Another nice site.

Visited 16/10/2020.

Loch Borralan Crannog

After the trials of Alltan Nam Breac and the lesser trials of Aultivullin it was good to stop at the north end of Loch Borrolan for wee break. It is also a good place to go the shores of Loch Borrolan and have a look at the crannog.

The crannog is 14m and 1.2m high with its causeway, today, being submerged.

A nice site, with a near neighbour to the east.

Visited 16/10/2020.

Aultivullin (Cairn(s))

Alltan Nam Breac was very difficult to find, Aultivullin was very easy to find. We made our way back to the gate but remained on the north side of the fence to follow it heading in a westerly direction. As soon as the fence heads south west keep going west, head through the trees to find a large clearing.

Aultivullin Cairn is in the middle of this de-forested section and has avoided being damaged.

It is 7m wide and about 2m high with several kerbs. Luckily it appears to be unscathed so possibly a chamber or cist remains under the stones and turf. Fortunately there are superb views to the east as trees have been cleared, pure fluke but gives an idea of setting.

Lovely cairn.

Visited 16/10/2020.

Alltan Nam Breac (Cairn(s))

If Inchnadamph was easy to find then this was a complete opposite, a nightmare to find. We parked on the north side of the A837 in an area called Preas a Chrannaidh, it is an area in which there chamber cairns everywhere.

If you head north from the middle of the clearing you go uphill crossing a soggy field to reach a gate. At this point you think you're luck is in as there is a clearing or fire break in the trees. Follow this for about 500 or 600 meters but at some point you have to head east as the site starts to go further away. This is were the real problems start. Forest agriculture has created a maze of water, tree root holes, very few drier parts so I've no real directions to give, as we fell, tripped, ended up waist deep in bog, went round in circles, except to say, try to keep heading east. Eventually you will see a clearing, we had to crawl the final few metres, in which the site is housed.

I love cairns surrounded in trees, they have a unique atmosphere, the lichen adding to sense of real age, and despite all that had befallen us loved this site as well. The large cairn is 12m wide and over 1m high. It appears reasonably intact but probably isn't a chamber cairn despite being surrounded by them. To east and south are steep slopes, if you walked north you would walk straight into a chamber cairn.

After a good look round it was time to head west and somehow find the clearing via all of the obstacles. A repeat of the inward journey happened before we reached the fire break to make our back to northern edge of Preas a Chrannaidh.

What seemed a straightforward walk proved to be the exact opposite so saying wear appropriate boots might be a complete waste of time. You will, however, love Alltan Nam Breac.

Visited 16/10/2020.

Carrachan Dubh, Inchnadamph (Chambered Cairn)

After being followed by the deer chorus the previous it seemed apt to start the next day at the Meadow of the Stags/Inchnadamph. Sadly the chorus must have been very tired as they weren't saying much at their meadow.

Not much to add to Mr G's brilliant fieldnotes except to say the that the one remaining upright has now fallen. It is an exceptional place with exceptional views including Loch Assynt.

Visited 16/10/2020.

Loch Awe (Crannog)

After leaving the chamber cairn at Ledmore/Lyne we headed back north but before it became dark decided to stop at the north end of Loch Awe as I'd spotted what I thought was a crannog a couple of days before.

The crannog is 15m wide and 1m high, from the layby I couldn't spot a causeway. What I also didn't know was that there was another crannog some 200m to the south. Another visit required here as well. Roll on next October.

Visited 15/10/2020.

Lyne (Chambered Cairn)

Despite it's proximity to the road I like this site, obviously it has been trashed but that maybe adds to this a wee bit in a funny way as the remaining uprights seem defiant and like in ages gone past the stream still runs and the mountains still stand!

The two erect stones are the side and end stones of the chambers, the other large stones had also been part of the construction.

There are loads of sites nearby, another visit required but night was fast closing in and in 30 minutes or so it was dark.

Visited 15/10/2020.

Creag Nan Uamh (Cave / Rock Shelter)

It is a very beautiful walk from the car park up the path which follows the Allt nan Uamh, south east, to the 'Crag of Caves' / Creag Nan Uamh or more famously the Bear Caves. As the Ts said the path isn't to difficult and superb views are to be had from the caves.

Allt nan Uamh is a source of amazement as well, near the caves, when we visited, there was no running water, about 200 meters, norh west, a small spring created a trickle, further down a much larger spring creates a burn and then at Fuaran Allt Nan Uamh it gets down to real business. Fortunately, for us, there was quite a bit more water on the go. As B and myself paddled in the wee pool less than a meter away the spring was creating a small river which gains momentum until it reaches the River Loanan, which eventually enters Loch Assynt.

No polar bears, brown bears or bears of any type, however the deer chorus of Achmore have followed us. What a racket!!

Beautiful place.

Visited 15/10/2020.

Eadar A' Chalda (Cairn(s))

The HES visited Eadar A Chalda during 2018 probably its first visitors in many a year. It didn't have to wait so long for its next visitors.

From the Achmore cairns we retraced our steps on the track, accompanied by the deer chorus, and headed south until our first glimpse of Loch Assynt and Ardvreck castle. Head into the heather following the valley between two small hills. Underfoot conditions, on our visit, were fairly dry. On a rainy day this would be transformed into a soggy march, still a huge puddle remained from previous rains and lots of deer scarpered as we approached.

At the end of the valley head further east over a couple of small ridges and the cairn will appear.

Patches of lichen covered stones can be seen underneath the heather. Some bigger stones, probably kerbs can be seen on the south east. The beautifully situated cairn sits at around 6m wide and is nearly 2m high to the south east, 0.5m to the north west.

To get back to the Ardvreck car park we headed straight west past a small ferm toun to find a track that headed north rejoining the main track opposite the car park entrance.

Visited 15/10/2020.

Achmore Farm 2 (Kerbed Cairn)

Four large boulder kerbs are all that remain of the second cairn at Achmore along with a mound that sits at about 7m in diameter. Like it's near neighbour it has been badly robbed.

Still it has wonderful views to Loch Assynt along with the surrounding mountains.

Visited 16/10/2020.

Achmore Farm (Kerbed Cairn)

Cross the road, the A837, from the car park at Ardvreck, visit the millstone then climb up the side of Allt a Chalda Beag and head to the track. Head north west until Achmore Farm. We weren't alone as we were accompanied by sound of at least hundreds upon hundreds of deer making very loud echoing grunting noises, Glass Bhein, Coire Dearg resounding in noise.

To the north of the ruined steadings are two cairns which can be reached by going through the gate and heading a few metres the same direction.

Several large kerb boulders remain of the 14m wide cairn, more kerbs remain in the surrounding bank. In the centre of the site lies a slab, the remnant of a chamber or cist. However most of he cairn content has been robbed and can be probably seen in the nearby dry stane dyke and steadings.

Visited 15/12/2020.

Ardvreck (Chambered Cairn)

Easy parking, nice castle, good info boards and a chamber cairn with some of the chamber remaining in place. As well as the waterfall across the road there is also a massive millstone to see. Also worth a look is the remains of Calda House, surely one of the biggest wastes of money in Highland history.

Visited 15/10/2020.
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