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Damil (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Damil is still pronounced locally as Danehill from which the hills present name is derived. Ramparts once existed here and several finds from the hill are now in Aberdeen University. Local historians also say that the fort was also used by Italian led visitors. Now the fort is a crop field and a wood of recently planted trees. Stunning views all round including an unusual but wonderful view of Bennachie.

The hill is a short (and not very steep) climb north of the Mains of Asloun farm. Head south on the A980 from Alford taking the third minor road west. The farm is the first minor road north. For those interested in ruined castles Asloun castle is at the end of the minor road. A very beautiful and mysterious place.

Visited 11/5/2015.

Castle Dykes (Promontory Fort) — Fieldnotes

From Middle Knox Farm I headed straight north on the farm track leading up and thru Upper Knox. A pleasant day for a walk as on this day the temp was 22. On reaching the minor road head west then take the next minor road north. This leads thru Peattie farm. Keep going north easterly until the track ends. Head down the slopes, wade across the Bervie Water (suitable attire was worn) and the promontory will be in front.

Sadly nothing remains of this fort except indicators of ramparts on cropmarks and aerial photography. However it is an ideal place for this type of fort with the nearby Bervie Water providing fresh water. The steep slopes on 3 sides provide natural protection. Nearby are Millpough (RSC) and Pitcharles (cairn) as well as Allardice Castle.

However by this time the temp had dropped to 8 so it was time to head back to Middle Knox via the Bervie Water. Not quite so relished this time.

Visited 5/4/2015.

Lord Arthur's Hill (Cairn(s)) — Miscellaneous

This is also a name of a Scottish Reel (fiddle music) written in G Major. Composed by Alexander Walker it is part of the 'A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels and Marches' published in 1866.

Lord Arthur's Hill (Cairn(s)) — Folklore

'A lofty hill over which the boundary between this parish from that of Auchindoir. It derives its name from the following incident, when the of Lord Arthur Forbes commonly called 'Black Arthur' was being carried over this hill for internment in Kearn Church Yard. The bearers rested on this hill during a snow storm. There is no cairn as the name would imply on or about the hill.'

Parish Records.

(They rested the coffin near where the trig point is nowadays. The cairn is some 70 meters to the south east.)

Middle Knox (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Just south of Inverbervie/Gourdon I took the first farm track west and parked at Middle Knox farm. Walk back down the track to the first track heading north east, a former drover's road. This track also leads to the Gourdon Long Cairn. At the end of the first field follow the fence line south which leads directly to the fort.

The fort is oval in shape and is 79 by 36 meters. To get into the fort properly I threw myself basically through the yellow gorse. In reality I jumped the rampart and landed on my feet. Some of the rampart survives and underneath the gorse building work still remains. Entrance to the fort is on the north west area. A circular depression may mark the site of a hut circle.

Fantastic views south and out to the North Sea are to be head. After a good, sometimes jabby, look round it was cross country to Castle Dykes and more burn jumping.

Visited 5/4/2015.

Findlayston (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

At Findlayston Farm I was given directions to approach the cairn from the north. On the minor road which connects the B079 and A957 north of Stonehaven stop at the double gateway. I parked just south of the gate. Walk due south for about 1/2 mile and you'll end up walking straight into the cairn. Underfoot conditions today were good as there had been a dry spell.

The cairn has been badly damaged and has had it's centre houked. On the east side damage has been caused by heavy duty farm machinery. Still the cairn remains over 20 meters in width and at its highest is over a meter in height. Cairn material lays strewn whilst a couple of kerbs remain in place, several have been toppled. Today Stonehaven looked magnificent in the Spring sun, Raedykes was lit up and the valley up the Slug Road was looking colourful.

Visited 5/4/2015.

Fettercairn (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Fettercairn House (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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Black Laws (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Coultra Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Lord Arthur's Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Damil (Hillfort) — Images

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Findlayston (Cairn(s)) — Images

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