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Bennachie — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Westerton (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

I headed south from the remnants of the cairn, crossed the track, jumped the fence and headed west. A fence runs through the middle of the 9 meter wide hut circle. The circular wall of the hut can be clearly seen, when at the site, and I somehow managed to walk through the front door which is in the east. Some of the wall is over 2 meters wide but is no more than 70-80 centimetres high.

Good views south to Cairn Mon Earn and Blarourie (a hill I will have a good look at very soon).

From the hut circle I made my way down to the minor road and headed west. The Nine Stanes RSC can be seen from the road. Just round the corner is the car park where the walk started.

Visited 14/4/2016.

Hill Of Whitecross (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Seven years ago I sadly predicted that this cairn would be completely trashed. That prediction has happened as the top of Whitecross has had all of the heavy vegetation i.e gorse, whins, small trees completely obliterated. This in turn means the cairn has all but been removed unlike its near neighbour at East Law. (they took great care to protect that cairn)

Still the view remains the same and B had great fun looking down badger holes. Same directions as last time. This time there was a blizzard on the way down. Great fun!!

Re-visited 25/4/2016.

Hill Of Whitecross (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Lusy Law (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Same directions as before with the exception of the cairn being clearly visible. After complaining a few times to the 'people in power' and the local museum it looks like they have finally cleaned it up. (I managed to get other people to nag them as well) A massive improvement to the cairn which has never been opened.

Sadly it looks like somebody has had a wee houk at the top of the cairn but otherwise it is in pretty good shape.

Re-visited 19/4/2016.

Lusy Law (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Westerton (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Mulloch Hill (Strachan) (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

After a failed attempt the previous week I decided to try and find this cairn with help from the maps and aerial shots sent to me by Les Hamilton.

The previous week saw us approach from the east end of Mulloch Hill but the cairn remained hidden. We had probably missed the site by 20 to 30 meters.

This time I approached from the Nine Stanes end, west, and followed the forestry track heading north east. There is a choice of track fairly soon, I took the track heading south east. After about 500 meters I headed uphill to the top and headed east. The big trees finish and smaller younger tightly planted trees appear. Without damaging anything (meaning trees, my legs different story) I ploughed my way through, sometimes crawling in the hope that I'd bump into the cairn eventually. This plan almost worked, with the help of Mr Hamilton and a grid reference app the site was found.

Sadly the site has been smashed, trashed and planted on in a small clearing. In this sad state it still exists sitting at about 10 meters wide and at its highest 1 meter. Several stones remain earthfast, the probable remains of a kerb. Meanwhile the rest of cairn lies mostly strewn all over the place. This is another site that will soon vanish from view as the forest agriculture will take over.

If approaching from the east look for the 2 trees standing by themselves. Find the mid-point and walk about 100 meters into the dense stuff. Then head south and walk, fall or stumble on to the cairn.

Still the walks round Mulloch Hill are very good and the three nearby stone circles make up for the state of the cairn.

Visited 14/4/2016.

Dunearn (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Go south from Ferness, on the B9007, and take the first minor road west. (same road leads to Daless) The fort is the first hill just south of the road. Don't bother to try parking at Dunearn Farm as there are No Parking signs. I parked just before, on the eastern side, of the fort at a wee quarry.

From here I walked west back towards to the fort. This includes a sharp downhill, jumping a wee burn and then climbing quite steeply towards the top. This a huge fort built in what looks like three sections. Sadly the flatness of the fort also proved its downfall as it was cultivated until 1906. Still the remnants of a rampart can be traced all around the 300 meters, including terraces, long fort. It is 45 meters wide. To add to the forts woes it was used as an artillery base during WW2. However it is a perfectly positioned site with superb all round views including the River Findhorn, which seems to have played a big part in recent hikes.

This left enough time and daylight to hike to a nearby fort but by the time I got back the car the fog had completely closed causing poor visibility. The rain was still coming down and the weather was only getting worse. So the hikes were over, plenty other days to come back.

Visited 6/4/2016.

Daless (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

This site is a nightmare to get to by foot or car. First go south of Ferness on the B9007 and take the first minor road heading west going past the Dunearn Hillfort. This goes over the Dulsie Bridge, another tremendous feat of engineering. Take the road heading west at Dulsie Farm which follows the River Findhorn. This is a twisty single track road which leads to the severe corners at Drynachan Lodge. I parked here, after a bit of fun crossing the very narrow bridge over the Findhorn. There is a bridge that crosses the Meuir Bheoil burn which says severe road conditions until Daless Farm. This is the understatement of all time so I walked. It has massive potholes, is partially washed away and has severe climbs/drops. Eventually Daless Farm can be seen beyond the Ailt Breac burn and to get to it a ford (possibly the road has been washed clean away) must be crossed. Long legs are a good help!!!

From the farm follow the track until a group of trees can be seen, a small sand quarry is to the north. Look for a small rising covered in dark green vegetation. This is the cairn and several kerbs can be seen especially to the west. Some can felt under the turf also. The oval shaped cairn sits at about 8 meters wide and is over 0.5 meters tall. The improved pasture Canmore mention is a hopeful to say the least. Small trees now grow here and fairly soon this cairn will be hidden from view.

Not hidden from view is the scenery. This is a stunning place with various burns, the River Findhorn and surrounding mountains adding to the sense of age. It was time to face the trek back to the car on the equally stunning track as the mist grew deeper and the rain heavier.

Visited 6/4/2016.

Dunnicaer (Promontory Fort) — News

Second Excavation At Historic Sea Side Stack


More info :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36053300

Dunnicaer (Promontory Fort) — Images

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Mulloch Hill (Strachan) (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Doune Of Relugas (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Relugas is a stunning fort in a stunning location. I drove from Dun Earn heading south amongst spectacular scenery, Daltullich Bridge is a fantastic work of architecture and engineering, near the fort and where I parked is the equally stunning Randolph's Leap (The River Findhorn passes through a narrow gorge, narrow enough to jump. This should be called Cumming's Leap as he and three of his men leaped as Randolph's men did the chasing. Complicated times during the time of Robert the Bruce)

I approached from the B9007 in the north and climbed the first small but steep slope. Then climbed the second small but equally steep slope. Once on top keep heading south until a track is found. From here head uphill as the oval shaped fort is above. Some of the track is in a rampart which winds its way up.

Once on top you enter the fort by passing a pile of stones, apparently a type of rock garden. Fairly modern walls sit on top of ramparts giving an idea of what the fort defences looked like. Vitrified rock has been found here. Water also plays it part as the River Findhorn is to the west, the River Divie is to the east and swings north into the Findhorn. The aforementioned steep slopes are also very handy for the defender but not to the climber.

What a superb place for a fort! What a place full stop!

Visited 6/4/2016.

Dun Earn (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Dun Earn has been badly damaged by the forestry people. Ramparts have all but vanished and these may have been created by the waste thrown out when making the ditch. The ditch which arcs round the fort has been filled in by dead trees and tracks but still exists in some parts as I can testify as I slid down its side on several occasions. Still, on this occasion, the feet managed to stay dry. Also acting as defences are steep slopes especially in the east, these drop into the River Findhorn and to the north where the slopes fall into the fast flowing Dunearn burn. Nowadays the fort is situated amongst dense highland woodland. Today, being misty, it had added atmosphere.

From the small village of Conicavel head south on the minor road. Follow the signposts to the Dun Earn Woodland walks. Once in the car park walk south on the track, then take the first track north east until a severe arc. The fort is just to the south. Take care not to fall into any burns, rivers or ditches. Not much to see, however the scenery is glorious even in the fog!

Visited 6/4/2016.

Nine Stanes (Stone Circle) — Images

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Upper Shampher (Round Cairn) — Images

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Daless (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Dunearn (Hillfort) — Images

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