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Craigenet (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Camp Wood (Hillfort) — Images

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Camp Wood (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

From Wormit we headed south on the B946, locally known as Kilmany Road, and took the first minor road heading west. On entering Camp or Links Wood a wall appears on the north side of the road. At the first break on the wall is the southern entrance to St. Fort farm. Surprisingly the large gate is locked with a large padlock. Obviously one of the awkward squad put this on!!! Still a walk back down the road finds several points were the wall can be climbed. (we clambered over near a small quarry)

Some of the Canmore people have visited at bad times of the year but early Spring provided us with near perfect conditions. The fort was built on top of a small hill set at north west to south east. The main entrance is in the east with a smaller entrance to the west, western ramparts are still in excellent condition and the west/east southern arc has two sets of trenches/ramparts both clearly visible. Sadly a small quarry has clipped the southern side of the outer rampart. On the northern side the ramparts run out or were never built because of the steep slopes.

The fort is over 150 meters in length and 60 meters wide. Internally the fort has a couple of circular depressions which might indicate hut circles. Luckily most the fort is clear of trees. Water for the fort could be found in a small burn to the north. If Esky Loch isn't man made then obviously water could have come from this as well. As my learned friend pointed out the herb garden would benefit greatly from this.

The name of several streets in Newport and Wormit are named after this fort as well as the nearby farm.

This is a lovely site and it was a great time of year to visit. Just a pity about the locked gate. Even a signpost said the gate was locked!!!

Visited 2/3/2015.

Upper Tillygarmond (Long Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Head west from Strachan on the B976 and take the third minor road heading north. At Nether Tillygarmond I was given permission to park. From this point walk up the hill on the farm track to Upper Tillygarmond. At the crossroads climb the gate into the field and keep heading north until another fence/dry stane dyke. Once over the fence the terrain becomes more rough but nothing to serious. To the east is the cairn but I headed to the top of the hill first.

On top there is a walkers cairn but also lots of rock plates, sadly no rock art was found on this occasion but this place maybe worth another look.

The cairn sadly has been battered by various types of agriculture but somehow still remains. At some stage the cairn had been offered some type of protection as the equally battered fence proved. Still the cairn still remains over 34 meters in length. The north end of the site is around 6 meters in width and around a half meter high, the southern end is well over ten meters wide with it's height increasing to over 1.5 meters. Cairn material along with, probably, field clearence sit all over the sites surface. Gorse and ferns along with various jabby things also sit on the southern end . On the eastern side hints of a kerb remain. Wonderful views extend to south and east (near neighbours Shampher and Bucharn are still in wonderful condition). Heading west are the 3 standing stones at Finzean and the superb long cairn. There is also a very badly ruined cairn.

Well worth a visit if only for the views alone. Luckily it was a beautiful spring day for this visit.

Visited 26/2/2015.

Camp Wood (Hillfort) — Images

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Upper Tillygarmond (Long Cairn) — Images

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Long Nose (Promontory Fort) — Fieldnotes

Heading east from the Gardenstown crossroads on the B9031 take the first minor road south and then take the first farm track east which leads to the aptly named Highfield House. My plan was to get to Tore Lodge and climb up to the fort from the track.

This was going to prove impossible thanks to a sea of mud and a lot of water. There has been a lot of rain combined with melting snow causing these obstructions. The biggest problem is the lack of frost and low temperatures therefore the water just collects in hollows.

However a solution was at hand as the farmer kindly offered to drive me there in his land rover. This proved to an eventful journey thru deep water/mud/slush/ditches going north east until the ground firmed up almost due north of the fort. From here it was south into the forts interior.

On driving down to the fort there seems to be two un-natural mounds going across the full width of the fort. Looking at the aerial pictures it would seem that these are the remnants of ramparts. The ploughed section of the east side gives a give good indicator of were a wooden stockade once stood. Like nearby Strath Howe there are many small valleys so defences to the south, east and west came naturally enough. After a good look around the site, darkness aided by snow had started to fall. With that the atmosphere changed along with the colours of North East coast which indicated that it was time to go.

Yet another site on my doorstep. Yet another one I didn't know about until recently. Yet another site that needs another visit, preferably on a much warmer and drier day. Thanks to the people at Highfield House for their kindness. Much appreciated.

Visited 2/2/2015.

Long Nose (Promontory Fort) — Images

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Long Nose (Promontory Fort) — Links

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Some good aerial foties.

Long Nose (Promontory Fort) — Images

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Goval (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

As part of the preparatory work for the much needed Aberdeen by pass over 600 trenches and excavations were carried out by a team led by my friend Ian Suddaby. One of the excavations was at Goval. This stone has intrigued me for years (as it has Mr Hamilton) but I've never stopped before. Quite literally I've passed this place thousands of times. However new info made sure I stopped this time.

The stone itself sits in field to the east of the A947 (Turriff road) north of Dyce. I pulled in just slightly to the north at a small layby. Take care on this road as it is very busy and one of the main commuter links to Aberdeen.

It stands at over 2 meters high having a nicely pointed top. Chokes have been found but full details of the excavation will appear here when I get them.

The one thing it does represent, to a lot of people who live north of Aberdeen, is the way home, fresh air and countryside.

Visited 29/1/2015.

Goval (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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