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Goval (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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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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Cleaved Head (Cliff Fort) — Images

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Newells (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Yet another cairn on my doorstep I didn't know about until recently. It has taken a fair battering especially on the west side as the farm road has removed a lot of the site. However it does have some remaining features. There is the remnants of something circular which I took to be a kerb (hut circle?) as a wee dunt with a boot found rock. The centre has been houked as usual and various cairn material is scattered. There are some big stones nearby including one that could have easily been used for a capstone and at least several that might look good standing up. Originally the site must have been close to 15 meters in width and nowadays is 0.5 meters at it's tallest. On the west side the farm track has taken care of the cairn in a bad way but at least it reveals how the cairn was constructed. Still on a day like today, with the snow, ice, sun and no wind it was quite easy to imagine how things might have been. This area is good for prehistory so another piece of the jigsaw fitted.

Just north of Oldmeldrum (heading to Turriff) on the A947 there is a crossroads. Take the Balgove road. The Newells farm is well signposted about 3/4's of a mile from the junction. At this point I parked my car as the farm track was sheet ice and walked thru the field to the tallest clump of trees underneath which is the cairn.

Visited 24/1/2015.

Newells (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Blockie Head (Cliff Fort) — Fieldnotes

Blockie Head is a fantastic cliff fort situated amongst some beautiful scenery e.g. The Pot, the Bullers Of Buchan and some of the most stunning coast line in Scotland. Today was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky except for the massive black cloud of smoke to the north. A huge factory fire had broken out in Peterhead and smoke could be seen for miles. It certainly added to the colour of the place as the sun was creating beautiful colours on the cliffs, sea and grass.

Why this fort isn't more famous baffles me as the ditches/trenches/ramparts, at least four, near the causeway are clearly visible. Signs of even small ramparts surround the main fort even if the cliffs provide an inaccessible protection. At 60 meters in length and at the most 13 meters wide (at the least 8 meters) this is almost the perfect cliff fort. A natural harbour to the north is also included, so a well chosen spot.

As Les pointed out for The Pot, birdlife is in abundance here and this must be an incredibly noisy place when the young birds are on the go.

I left the A90, Peterhead road, just south of Longhaven and took the A975 towards Cruden Bay. There is a car park at the Bullers O Buchan. No cars are allowed beyond this point as the Bullers O Buchan is actually a small village as well and only residents cars are allowed.

Follow the path and head north, past The Pot, past the first place which looks like a tiny fort (the path to this is not to be advised as it is gradually eroding away) until a better path, on the causeway, heading east into the fort can be seen. Take care at the fort's edge, the cliffs are straight.

To get to the natural harbour, advised, if only to see the changing colours on the rocks, keep heading north on the path. The path to the pebbly beach is the next track east. Sadly this seems to be a graveyard for plastic bottles but it doesn't detract from the stunning scenery and the atmosphere. With night coming down, the blackness of the fort against the remaining sun is a truly magical sight.

Visited 17/1/2015

Ormaig (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Links

Forestry Commission


Ormaig Prehistoric Rock Art.

Drum Castle (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

One of my pupils played a wee concert at the castle the previous week and said that they'd seen a standing stone just up from the wooden drum kit in the play area. Quite how I missed this stone I don't really know having played here a few times myself and enjoyed a wee stroll or two.

Drum Castle is well sign posted. Leave the A93 just before Drumoak following the minor road north. The next turning west leads straight to the castle car park.

From here keep heading west past the wooden drum kit and head to the top of the small hill. A small passing type of place for tractors etc will be seen to the south, the stone will be seen just to other side of the fence.

The stone is almost 1 meter tall and 1 meter broad/0.6 wide. Luckily the stone wasn't used for a plaque. Instead it was used to set the height of the Drum Castle tower and luckily it still stands near the top of Cowie Hill.

An easy short walk to the stone but take advantage of the place. Visit the castle then go for a hike around the many paths. So job done, the pupil was spot on, then somebody said that there is possibly a couple of standing stones close by. Next week then.......................

Visited 18/1/2015.

The Pot (Natural Rock Feature) — Fieldnotes

The Pot can be found just to east of the path, straight after the wee village of the Buller's O Buchan, heading towards the cliff fort. This was once a massive cave until its roof fell in. Now there is a 'pot' like shape with a truly spectacular entrance. Today it was fairly calm but on a rough day it must be a quite a sight with spray and foam everywhere.

A pathway around the 'Pot' is not really to be advised as there are sheer drops both sides and bits of erosion. Add in a bit of snow and ice, the danger is obvious. Not a place for children.

Very spectacular tho and the view from the main path is excellent.

Visited 17/1/2015.

Drum Castle (Standing Stone / Menhir) — 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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