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Clava Cairns


Upon reaching the site by foot I was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by midday humidity and typical highland rain whilst walking pass a farmers field that has a lone standing stone called ‘Balnuaran of Clava’.

Walking though the car park to the photogenic north east cairn that leads onto the ring cairn with the much smaller kerb cairn to the side before perfectly following on towards the last of the cairns - the south west cairn all surrounded with there own ring of standing stones.

The site is impressively beautiful with trees planted by the Victorian land owner for a more ‘Druid’ appearance…. To say the sight is breath taking would be an understatement!

Knockfarrel (Hillfort)

Vitrified Hill fort with its molten rock formation and the aroma of early July wild flowers and ringlet butterflies flying in the humid air and between rain showers - this site has all round stunning views. Including Cromarty Firth.

Hully Hill Monument (Artificial Mound)


this is the first site from the book that I was lucky enough to have visited as a newcomer to the world of megalithic remains. even though some of the previous fieldnotes and photographs sadly depicted some graffiti I can confirm that the stones had undergone a deep clean and are back to their former glory with a family of rabbits running around the Monument.

also uploaded are two screenshot / photographs from the OS Maps Mobile App. 1). an enlarge section of the Map. & 2). an aerial photograph of the site.

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