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Clava Cairns — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Dunnideer (Hillfort) — Images

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Dunnideer (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

The hill-fort on top of Dunideer near Insch is well worth the sweat & potential tears ascending it. The biggest warning I would give to any going there is watch yer feet for rabbit holes. Once at the top the views are stunning around the site, not to mention the medieval remains. As well as portions of vitrified walling stretching back to the Iron-Age.

Photos and a couple of videos of my visit to Dunideer at the following url:

Rhynie Graveyard (Cup Marked Stone) — Images

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Gaval (Stone Circle) — Images

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Ring of Bookan (Henge) — Fieldnotes

The Ring of Bookan is easily missed, or at least I found it so when I visited the site in late July 2009, though I will blame the long grass of course. It's an important though probably over passed site unless one knows it's there (minus the long grass).
The Bookan henge lacks two features common to Brodgar and Stenness - an entrance causeway and outer bank. These, however, could easily have fallen victim to ploughing and farming over the centuries.
Within the ditch are a number of stones and a rough mound. It has been suggested that this is the remains of a cairn, but this remains speculation
Latter info source: Orkneyjar/Ring of Bookan.

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Comet Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Ring of Brodgar (Circle henge) — Images

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Ring of Brodgar (Circle henge) — Fieldnotes

Weather on Orkney is fickle, yes that's the word. This video taken in April 2010 during a field trip to the Brodgar henge was a precursor for a dash back to the bus.

The Standing Stones of Stenness (Circle henge) — Fieldnotes

Approach to the Stones of Stenness during a field trip to Orkney in April 2010, it was BALTIC!!!, that said Stenness, & Brodgar almost made it worthwhile. Imuch prefer these sites in the warmth though like I did months later.

Ring of Brodgar (Circle henge) — Fieldnotes

Approach to the Ring of Brodgar, 2009.

The Cove (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Short video of the Cove whilst visiting the locality in 2009.

Unstan (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Interior video of the Unstan Cairn taken on my last day on Orkney mid August 2009 which up for the Ness of Brodgar dig & related sundries.
This was a grand day's culmination walk from the main road to Stenness,Barnhouse, N.o.B., Brodgar to the Ring of Bookan, then back & out to Unstan.

Unstan (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Berrybrae (Stone Circle) — Links

Berrybrae RSC 'stagger'

Not very good vid (probably taken on my mob) of the RSC at Berrybrae north of Crimond in Aberdeenshire.

Berrybrae (Stone Circle) — Images

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Wheebin (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Taversoe Tuick (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Broch of Midhowe — Images

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Broch of Gurness — Images

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Broch of Gurness — Links

Broch of Aikerness, Orkney, interior video

We visited this broch during a 4 day 'field trip' in April, it was baltic!.

Broomend (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Brandsbutt (Stone Circle) — Links

Short vid at Brandsbutt Symbol Stone

Wee talk by a uni chum on her interpretation of the stone in question.

Brandsbutt (Stone Circle) — Images

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Midmar Kirk (Stone Circle) — Images

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Sunhoney (Stone Circle) — Images

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Oxtro Broch — Links

Flickr: Oxtro Broch, Birsay. Video

Aikey Brae (Stone Circle) — Links

Flickr - Video of 'Aikey Brae' R.S.C.

Short video of the Recumbent Stone Circle at Aikey Brae, located at Parkhouse Hill just south-west of Old Deer.

Strichen (Stone Circle) — Links

Flickr - Short video of Strichen Recumbent Stone Circle

An example of a RSC or recumbent stone circle which the north-east of Scotland is populated with. Comprising of grey granite of local origin. All of the stones except the recumbent and flankers were torn down by a farmer in 1830. The stones were re-erected eventually. Excavationed by A Burl in 1979 revealed that the circle was immediately to the N although the recumbent and its flankers were in their original location. After excavation the stones were replaced in their original positions and the circle reconstructed to the status one sees today.
The biggest issue I see with the site is a safety related one, ok there is a secure fence with high tension wire surrounding it to a degree, however there's a mediocre low fence between the visitor & some bulls that populated the field next to the circle the month I was there which seems rather nonsensical.

Loanhead of Daviot (Stone Circle) — Images

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Studied joint honours in Archaeology-Celtic Civilisation, at the University of Aberdeen, graduated July 2011 with an upper-second.I stay in the NE of Scotland, in the SW of the 'sleepy town of Fraserburgh', which's famous for all the wrong reasons.
I love most things historic,archaeological,alternative, an avid reader, on things in similar veins to my interests, study, etc not into fiction in my reading, reality and past histories are interesting enough. Thankfully my interests predated ran parallel to and subsequently with what I studied at university. Add to that immersing myself when involved on archaeo. digs & visiting sites in my locality and modestly further afield.
Plus I'm male, middle-aged and hopefully not yet bitter.

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