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Gourdon Hill (Long Barrow) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Droop Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Drumquhil Burn (Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia) — Images

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Gallows Hill (Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia) — Images

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Gallows Hill (Woodside) (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Loch Borralan 2 (Crannog) — Fieldnotes

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 — Fieldnotes

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)) — Fieldnotes

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)) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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.

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

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Bonlee Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Craig Glas (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Loch Awe (Crannog) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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) — Folklore

From Bella Caledonia, the thoughts of the brilliant Dougie Strang

Creag Nan Uamh (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Fieldnotes

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)) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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.

Blockie Head (Cliff Fort) — Images

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