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Duddo Five Stones (Stone Circle)


Driving from Berwick-Upon-Tweed, heavy rain was pouncing off the car as me and my friend a local photographer who was accompanying me on my trip to visit The Duddo Five Stones parked up on the verge as the sky began to clear - a brake in the weather! this lead to a mad dash with camera gear and tripods to reach the stones.

the best thing about this site is its easy to find on the approaching walk from the parked car and isn't that far either as it is in the centre of a farmers field on a fairly small hill.

finely at the the top of the hill I began to take in the uniqueness of these weathered and truly spectacular sandstone stones, each one different from the other.

it was quickly approaching late evening and the rain and thunder storms where still holding off, so we decided to wait for the perfect light as the sun was setting. and then with that natural glow of the last of the rays of sun finally hit the five stones we both managed to achieve some great photographs before wondering slowly back to the car as the dark early night began to descend.

Ballochmyle Walls (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)


This East Ayrshire site wasn't easy to locate or get to by public transport and involved a short walk along a busy road before reaching The River Ayr Path... yet with a little willpower , determination and a bit of planing I finally built up the courage to venture down to try and locate the cliff-face decorated with these magnificent cup and ring marks.

upon reaching the car parking location (as described in the book) just across the field and over the gate I finally found Ballochmyle Walls - a true hidden gem that I was glad to have put the effort into finding - the sight was truly peaceful and worthy of visiting despite the fact that a lot of it appears to be quickly fading since its discovery.

Machrie Moor (Stone Circle)


"Raving On The Moors"
- Julian Cope.

Taking in the natural surroundings of these Stones, birds chirping, sheep bleating and long grass rustling in the wind as I began to walk pass the fenced off cairn and various other stone circulars of various shapes and sizes before approaching the main attraction of the three tall sandstones standing stones with a fourth stone to similar description located on a side path where two archeologists where using some equipment.

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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