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Castle Law (Abernethy) (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Abernethy is a lovely wee town famous for its Round Tower, Pictish Stone and biscuits. Overlooking the town is the fort at Castle Law.

From Abernethy head west on the A913 and take the first minor heading south. This actually practically heads back east then veers south. A path is signposted to Castle Law so look carefully for it, we parked at the first track, west, near a disused quarry.

Heading back down the road we found the path and headed west. About half way up there is a notice board describing the areas history. This has been a busy area in the past attracting visitors from Italy and Denmark. The fort seems to have survived these less than friendly tourists.

The path, which is in good condition, eventually crosses over the inner wall of the fort. Originally 2 walls surrounded the fort. The inner wall must have been huge and was reckoned to be 3-4 meters in height, with a timber barricade built on top. It was 7 meters in width. The outer wall wasn't so tall and didn't have a topping of timber.

Inside the oval fort the well still exists along with the obligatory walkers cairn. After a bit of time soaking in the vibe it was time for us to head back down, this time via a path on the eastern flank. This path is fairly steep as DM proved by overtaking the startled cairn finding dog using age old methods on the soft part of his body. This path led to the disused quarry which in turn led back to the car. Two of us walked whilst one nursed his pride and his backside.

Fantastic site, fantastic views!

Visited 22/8/2015.

Black Cairn (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

After the somewhat depressing scenes at Clatchard Craig we headed further west to the hillfort at Black Cairn. Go through Newburgh on the A913 and take the first minor road south, called Woodriffe Road. Take the first road east (or 2nd), called Banklands and stop at the northern end of the road.

The path starts well, on tar, then thru a field, where we were greeted by Shetland ponies and eventually straight east and uphill. This is very steep in places. Once at the top of this climb go between the two hills, over a gate and then over the fence to the south. The hill in front is the fort and patches of defensive wall can be seen. Sadly most of the defences have gone but at least it hasn't suffered the fate of its neighbour to the east.

A walkers cairn sits on top of the hill giving superb views. To the north the River Earn can be seen entering the River Tay, to the east Normans/Glenduckie hillforts, the west Castle Law and to the south The Lomonds. A look to the south of the peak will reveal more ruined defences of the singular wall.

After good look round it was back down the hill and onwards to Abernethy.

Visited 22/8/2015.

Rhynie (Hillfort) — News

Archaeologists Find Pictish Palace in Aberdeenshire


Archaeologists excavating a field in Aberdeenshire (aka drewland) where standing stones where found believe they have uncovered the entrance to a Pictish palace. (Iron Age)

More at :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-34075227

Black Cairn (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Castle Law (Abernethy) (Hillfort) — Images

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Black Cairn (Hillfort) — Images

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Stot Hill (Long Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Stot Hill long cairn is only a few meters away from the more famous Cairn Mude. Much damaged and much battered this cairn will probably vanish due to forestation. It is over 20 meters in length, reaches 1 meter in height and is supposed to 8 meters wide (flattened would be a better word).

Visited 11/8/2015.

Stot Hill (Long Cairn) — Images

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Clatchchard Craig (Hillfort) — Links

RCAHMS


Some good foties showing what once was there. Also a list of the discoveries found during excavations.

Clatchchard Craig (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

The photo is very misleading as basically the whole fort has been blasted away by quarrying. Fortunately various finds were discovered during 'rescue excavations' 1954,59 and 60. These can be read about in the link below.

As for the site now all that can be seen is the blasted front of a hill just south of Newburgh. It was quite sad having a look round trying to imagine what once was. Still there are loads of other forts in an area that seems to have gone quarrying daft.

Visited 22/8/2015.

Clatchchard Craig (Hillfort) — Images

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Black Cairn (Hillfort) — Images

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Easter Nether Urquhart (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Dundee Law (Hillfort) — Miscellaneous

the Law was the site of a vitrified hillfort probably occupied during the Bronze Age. Remains of a settlement were found where the road was built to the top of The Law in the 1920s. Over the centuries it has been occupied by the Picts and Scots.

Old Dundee (postcards of Dundee) by Andrew Cronshaw.

Dundee Law (Hillfort) — Images

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Cairn Mude (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Unlike any of my previous visits it was mercifully dry overhead and the directions are the same as before to get there. We reached the ruins of the Cairn Mude croft and tried to proceed to the top of Stot Hill. Unfortunately the forestry agriculture machinery had been recently turning the track into mud, deep puddles creating flooding everywhere. By the time both drew and dog reached the summit they were covered in mud/stench/trees and in my case soaked from almost falling in.

From the cairn we headed directly north along a better track (I thought this was the previous descent.......wrong!!!) which eventually vanished at a dry stane dyke. We followed the dyke downhill until it ran out becoming an area of bog and high ferns. Actually we had curved round the northern flank of Stot Hill. Tillyching, the hill to the north kept us in the right direction as I was technically lost. However battling on or tripping/falling on we reached the track close to were we had started so no damage done!

Re-visited 11/8/2015.

Cothiemuir Wood (Stone Circle) — Miscellaneous

Cothiemuir Hill - Aberdeenshire

Cothiemuir Hill natural burial ground is located on the Forbes Estate in rural Aberdeenshire and is rich in wildlife, history and heritage.

Lying at the western end of the Lord Throat's road, the ancient wooded hill rises from verdant land, through a belt of deciduous mixed woodland including Scots Pine, to a Neolithic stone circle that crowns it crest. Flanking the hill, beneath the slopes of Bennachie, newly planted trees shelter the burial glades. here, plots for natural burial or the internment of ashes can be reserved, giving mourners the space to connect with nature, and more importantly the people buried there.

From the pamphlet advertising natural burials.

(also a couple of nice photos of the stone circle)

Cairn Mude (Cairn(s)) — Images

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