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Memsie Burial Cairn (Round Cairn)

There were once three cairns here, dating back to around 1700BCE. The remaining cairn is about 6m tall and 20m accross.

Lord's Seat (Round Barrow(s))

Walking West out along the ridge from the Mam Nick road, the path rises after just over 1km to the Lord's Seat barrow. Stick to the path on the crest of the ridge for the best views - Edale to your right, Mam Tor behind, Windy Knoll to your left and the barrow itself looming up ahead. Well worth the effort.

Carlin Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This huge stone stands just a field away from the Backhill of Drachlaw circle. Like those stones it has large veins of white quartz running through it, making a thick stripe around the bulk of the rock. Rather than being placed as an outlier to the neighbouring circle it is suggested that the Carlin Stone could itself have been the recumbent of a circle, although the sheer size makes this seem unlikely. There have, however, been Bronze age finds around the stone which would seem to back up the RSC idea.

Whitehills (Stone Circle)

We managed to miss out the 15 minute walk by mistakenly passing the carpark and driving up the forestry commission track straight to the circle. Trees had recently been cut so the views were superb all round. The distinct lack of restoration only improves this site, which feels much more "complete" than other more manicured circles.

Knock Hill (Sacred Hill)

6 miles SE of Portsoy and rising to 1412 feet, Knock Hill plays a major part in the landscape of this area of NE Scotland. It is an extict volcano visible for miles around, and can be seen from many sites.
It provides a Northern focal point in the megalithic landscape like Benachie and the other sacred hills further South.

Thorax (Stone Circle)

A relatively small, well preserved circle on a raised mound of smaller stones, lacking the recumbent of the usual Aberdeenshire circles.
Not sure what excavation/restoration has been carried out, although it seems possible that some or all of the stones have been repositioned or at least re-erected over the years. One of the stones is heavily cup-marked (see photo) and the circle stands on a hillside with views of the sea to the North, and Ben Achie (obscured by trees) to the South.
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