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Upper Tillygarmond (Long Cairn) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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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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Deil's Stane (Natural Rock Feature) — Fieldnotes

I remember this stone when it sat all alone looking back at its 'once upon a time' home Bennachie. Now it sits in the middle of some fairly recently built houses. Approaching from the east on the B993, I turned left just after the Bennachie Lodge (this used to be a really good pub) up Bogbeth Road and parked at the sports ground. From here I walked further along until the 2nd road leading up into the houses. At the top of the hill the Deil's Stone should also be looking back down.

It truly is a massive triangular shaped stone reckoned to weigh 250 tonnes. Certainly the Devil must be strong and certainly a better aim than Jock O Bennachie. Good views to Bennachie and the Green/White Hills in an area full of prehistory. Also known as the Grey Stone.

Visited 29/1/2015.

Deil's Stane (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Tordarroch (Clava Cairn) — Images

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Mains of Gask (Clava Cairn) — Images

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Dillyminnen (Promontory Fort) — Fieldnotes

Yet another site pretty close to Turriff I'd never heard about until recently. The re-emergence of drewbhoy has led to several people speaking about prehistoric sites close to where they live. Newells and Blockie come into that category as does Dillyminnen. Dillyminnen or Dillymoenan (as some local people still spell it) means pit dwelling, according to the people at Silverhillocks, Canmore agrees. So fresh with new found information it was time to go look.

I parked at Tarlair Swimming Pool, Macduff, which continues to fall into neglect :-( Still further east from Tarlair and up the hill is Cleaved Head, a beautiful little fort situated near the 13th hole on Tarlair Golf course. I've always liked this place and the vibe as usual is one of peace and calm. This feeling sadly ends until Dillyminnen is reached as it is the end of any decent path.

Head east from Cleaved Head until the golf course ends and move onto the coastal path. This path is nothing short of a death trap. It is pitted, full of ankle breakers, erosion, etc. Simply it should be closed before something serious happens. The path far below on the beach/shore is hardly much better and at some point re-joins the cliff top path. Both are to be avoided. This is a disgrace and I feel deeply ashamed that this has been allowed to happen.

Still the fort looks good and like Cleaved Head a special place. A natural harbour sits on the west side whilst on the east is a good place for smashing boats. There seems to be an argument about ditches, ramparts etc. That is easily settled, they are there but badly damaged. Farming has cleared the southern parts but near the fort and path the remnants of these structures can be clearly seen. The ditch that Canmore mentions is certainly there as the sides of it are eroded and the unwary walker might fall in. Fortunately the old sticks ensured that I did not.

With the winds getting stronger and inclement weather encroaching I avoided the so called path and jumped the fence and walked the 1 mile back (several fences and 2 burns/ditches to be jumped) to the golf course walking past Cleaved Head to Tarlair. An alternative would be to call in at Silverhillocks Farm and take the public footpath which almost leads straight to the fort. Far better than chancing the Moray Coastal Walk.

Visited 26/1/2015.

Dillyminnen (Promontory Fort) — Images

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Still doing the music, following that team, drinking far to much and getting lost in the hills! (Some Simple Minds, Glasvegas, Athlete, Us3 on the headphones, good boots and sticks, away I go!) As well whistling Lostboy tunes soon to be whistling another bhoys tunes. Soon!

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