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Glenduckie (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Collessie Farm (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Collessie is a small village situated in the north east quadrant of the B937/A91 junction. We parked near the railway bridge and proceeded north thru a farm called The Steadings. After several fences we reached a field with the cairn in view.

On this day the field had young bullocks in it, very friendly I thought, not so friendly ALC and B thought. Still they spoke away to me and casually let the others (fearties) walk towards the gate near the cairn.

That the cairn survives is a miracle (its nearby more famous relative wasn't so lucky) and its to the farmers credit that it is in pretty good condition.

It is a Wessex Bell cairn, the bottom platform is some 29 meters wide, almost 1.5 meters tall, the inner platform being 16 meters wide, and is also almost 1.5 meters tall. Hints of a ring of kerbs remain. Underneath the gorses signs of how the cairn was built can be seen. Elsewhere some field clearance can be found on the southern edge. Overall a very good and pleasing site.

Once again The Lomonds dominate the view with the conquered Glenduckie to the north. This time the walk back to the car was bullock free.

Visited 5/7/2015.

Norman's Law (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

From Creich Manse keep heading west and pull in about a 1/2 mile west of Pittachope Farm. The walk is signposted so follow the gentle climb until a tee junction of tracks. Take the eastwards track which eventually swings south and leads to the middle of two hills, Black Craig (which looks like it should have a fort) to the east and Norman's Law (which has a fort) to the west.

We followed a track heading west gradually climbing up the northern flank of Norman's Law. This path vanishes into nothing and the climb becomes quite steep. Still the aim was to approach from below the trig on the north west and this was achieved. By going this way the forts northern defences can be seen. Basically follow the wall up and trig, hill indicator and climbers cairn come immediately into view.

The view from the top is wonderful, to the east is now part of Drewland, the west has the soon to be conquered Glenduckie and the south has The Lomonds.

Walls on the southern flanks are in good condition as is the front door to the east. The various hut circles have slight remains in the forts interior. Stunning place and obviously a place of importance.

Heading back down we followed the track thru the front door heading east towards Black Craig. Between the hills there is a crossroads, tracks to the two hills, the main track heading south which swings around Black Craig eventually heading back north, or as we (I?) decided the direct steep path heading north. Good fun it was as we stumbled back to the main track and the car.

Great walk, great climb (not to difficult), great place.

Visited 29/6/2015.

Glenduckie (Hillfort) — Images

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Collessie Farm (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Mar Lodge (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

Early Cairngorm People


Early Cairngorm mountain people evidence has been found.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-33425672

Collessie Farm (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Norman's Law (Hillfort) — Images

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Dundee Law (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Easy to find and a nice tarred road all the way to the top. Last time I was here it was covered in cyclists and spectators for the start of the Tour Of Britain. Today it was much quieter and a nice way to get some fresh air after a hectic day. It is the home to Dundee's war memorial, various masts and a viewing point.

Not much remains, if anything, of the fort now except the view which is stunning. Fife, soon to be renamed, is to the south, heading west is the Tay valley, north is Angus/Aberdeenshire and to the east is the North Sea. Fantastic place to go hillfort/cairn spotting.

Visited 4/7/2015.

Dundee Law (Hillfort) — Images

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Norman's Law (Hillfort) — Images

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Green Craig (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Follow the directions to Creich Manse and keep going until the ruined Creich Church. Opposite can be seen Creich Castle. The fort is at the top of the hill to the north of the church.

We opened the gate just to the west of the church and headed straight up the hill to another gate which leads to a small track leading up the hill. Traces of rampart can be seen but it is very low and hard to detect. Evidence of a couple of hut circles remain but apart from that nothing much remains. What does remain is steep natural defences on the northern side and the beautiful views. Today the Tay was mirror like reflecting both the city and the Sidlaws. Also to be seen to the south and west are many hillforts. Looks like a busy time for two legged and four legged hill climbers.

This isn't a steep climb but well worth the effort. Careful of the northern defences, there isn't much room for error after the ruined fence.

Visited 8/6/2015.

Green Craig (Hillfort) — Images

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Creich Manse (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

The directions are as the other site visits describe. Sadly if there is a minister at Creiche Manse then he or she doesn't like to look after the place.

We parked at the parking area at the manse and knocked at the door but no reply came. The path to the ring cairn is a shambles, covered in rubbish tip stuff, dogs leftovers etc. In short it is a disgrace.

Even more sadly the site hasn't been looked after, a certain amount of growth is expected at this time of year but this is beyond a joke, nobody has cared for this place for ages.

On the plus site the actual site is still superb with its double ring, centre stone and slab still in place. If looked after properly this would be a magnificent site but it might vanish under a pile of weeds.

Good people reconstructed and looked after this place, their heads would spin if they seen it now.

Visited 8/6/2015.

Creich Manse (Stone Circle) — Images

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Green Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Green Hill is the next hill to the west of Coultra Hill and looks like a nice easy stroll up a small hill. We parked Coultra Farm, headed up thru the field and thru the gate to north.

From here the walk took a somewhat difficult turn. We headed back east then swung north looking for inroads to the centre of hill. After much searching we headed west on the north side which didn't bring any more luck. The gorse got thicker and higher making it impossible to break thru. So we headed back to the trees on the north and this proved equally difficult. Eventually heading south on the west side of Green Hill I had to crawl along on my knees as standing was impossible. I re-emerged as Treebeard's cousin, covered in twigs, gorse etc ALC faired little better emerging with a nest haircut, only Buster the dog was content and his cairn finding scanner had gone missing.

Still on the southern side a path was found at last. I headed north , the dog south. Heading north led straight to the cairn. This cairn has literally taken a hammering. It has been houked, trenched and quarried. Remarkably kerbs remain in place, on the east side something resembling the remnants of a causeway exist and somehow parts of the turf covered cairn remains at over 1.5 meters high 18 meters wide. Cairn material also pokes it head thru in several areas. This must have been some sight/site originally and despite the battering it still is.

The path Buster had found leads back down to the minor road, always the same as we all know the easy path is found last.

Visited 21/4/2015.
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