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Happy Hillock (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

After visiting Drumderg, head south east, downhill, on the minor road until just beyond Tullymurdoch Farm. Look west at this point and the cairn will be spotted, an easy walk with just one fence to jump.

At one time this was a very large site being over 21m in width, now it is surrounded by an equally ruinous dry steen dyke. A large slab in the middle of the cairn maybe all that remains of the rumoured three cists. Some cairn material still pokes thru and what might kerbs might well be field clearance.

Still after seeing some of sites on this days hike, the Happy Hillock is aptly named.

Visited 22/10/2019.

Dalrossach North (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Dalrossach (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Battle Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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Rannagulzion (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The cairn at Rannagulzion is a short walk east from the standing stone at Drumderg. Follow the track, head south east at the crossroads into the heather.

Turf covers the site but one or two bits of cairn material poke through. It sits at nearly 7m wide being 0.5 tall.

Sadly the cairn at NO 1747 5494 could not be found.

Visited 22/10/2019.

Drumderg (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Head south on the minor road from Cairn Gleamnach and you'll reach the the Drumderg Wind Farm. I parked at the large area near the locked gates. It says danger to walkers, I ignored this thinking it highly unlikely a turbine would land on my head.

The standing stone is about a 400m walk from the road and is to the north side of the track. It is impressive, well shaped and stands at 2m tall. Well positioned it has fantastic views, the Lomonds (in Fife) to the south, west to Gleamnach, east to the Angus hills and north to Glenshee.

Impressive!

Visited 22/10/2019.

Cairn Gleamnach (Cairn(s)) — Links

Cateran Eco Museum


Prehistoric sites near the Cateran Trail.

Cairn Gleamnach (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Cairn Gleamnach is an almost unbelievable site, almost 20m wide, in some parts 1m tall, it has been quarried and it has been houked. I counted 64 kerbs, 40 of which were earthfast in kerb that surrounds the entire site except for the entrance for the houking and quarrying.

Take the minor road heading south east from the A93 heading south from the B950 junction. After a long straight, I pulled in at a small wood near the Hill Of Kingseat, the site is a short walk of 100m behind.

Tremendous site!

Visited 22/10/2019.

Mains Of Persie (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Set amongst ruined hut circles and numerous clearance cairns, the Mains of Persie cairn is quite an impressive site.

It stands at 13m wide, being 0.5m tall. Intermittent kerbs surround the site especially on the south and east were at least 10 stones are still earthfast.

I parked about a 1/2 mile north of Persie House on the A93s western side at the entrance to a field. The cairn is up the hill which, on the 22nd, was reasonably dry until the wood that obscures the site. Walking to the south of the wood is quite a boggy affair until swinging north west were being uphill it becomes drier.

Visited 22/10/2019.

Pobuill Fhinn (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

The last stop on this trip was Pobuill Fhinn, a place I last visited when playing gigs at Lochmaddy and Lochboisdale many years ago.

Its a beautiful oval shaped site and there's no need for me to add anything else.

However if looking for Fionns Grave, you'll struggle as it is well covered in heather which is perhaps a good thing as it can observe the beautiful view looking south undisturbed.

With that, it was back to Lochmaddy to catch a ferry.

Visited 30/7/2019.

Eilean A'Ghallain (Stone Fort / Dun) — Fieldnotes

An attempt to walk to the dun proved futile as a few steps from the road, heading west, led to 'that sinking feeling, as wellington boots began to fill with water. Incessant rain had made the grass look greener it also had made sure the marsh was working well, so I beat a hasty retreat to the safety of the road.

Go to the end of road, instead of turning east to Dun Thomaidh, keep going. The dun is to the west, a further dun further west will have to wait till he next time.

Apparently a causeway was on the east side as described by Beveridge, no chance of looking for that.

Visited 24/7/2019.

Cleitreabhal A Tuath (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

A final trek up to Clettraval led to an unexpected discovery of the remains of another chamber cairn, a conversation with our new found friends at Berneray helped.

About 300m short of the view point look west and downhill, the site can be clearly seen. Just beyond is the cairn at Corary.

Being 20m wide and 4m tall, several huts presumably shooting butts have been made. However on the south side at least 5 kerbs remain providing evidence of the cairns existance.

On a really clear day St. Kilda can be seen from here, makes you wonder if that was the reason for its positioning.

Visited 29/7/2019

Clashmach Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Clava Cairns — News

Public help document damage to historic Scottish sites


Members of the public are helping to document the effects of weather and vandalism at some of Scotland's most historic sites.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50670902

Dun Torcuill (Broch) — Links

Canmore


Tremendous photographs. High on the list for my next visit to North Uist, sad that its come to my attention a year or so before I intended to go.

Dun Torcuill (Broch) — News

North Uist Iron Age site damage investigated by police


Police are investigating a reported unauthorised excavation at an Iron Age site in the Western Isles.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50374336

Vallay Strand (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Not to much to see at this heather and turf covered cairn which sits at 12m by 6m by at least 0.5m high. The fence is still just the south east, in area that is a maze of fences.

A few bits of cairn material can be seen and if you tap your foot round the edge of the site you will find some kerbs.

Worth seeing if visiting the nearby chamber cairn.

Visited 29/7/2019.

Geirisclett chambered cairn — Fieldnotes

Two days previous I'd driven past some of the fields and probably spied some of the Highland Cattle that Postie had spied during an earlier visit so we decided not to investigate from the direct south. Instead we parked near some masts just to the north of Loch Fada, south west of the site.

The weather had become summery and the ground heathery but dry plus we won medals at jumping and climbing fences, the dog, however, was not impressed. No cattle of any kind was seen but we found and stood in plenty of evidence that they had been moved very recently.

Geirisclett is as close to the sea as you can get being at the high water mark. The chamber is in superb condition with what looks a fallen standing or entrance stone. Part of the cairn remains to the west, most of the eastern side has given way to erosion. Beveridge had made efforts to protect the site by clearing the chamber and placing sill stones to prevent further damage, with some success.

Across on Vallay Island, Beveridge's house can easily be seen, as can the remarkable colour of the sea which was doing a good job of impersonating Luskentyre in Harris.

Superb site, a privilege to see such a place.

Visited 29/7/2019.

Dun Garbhlaich (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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