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Craggie (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

In the field next to the bus stop, just beyond is where we parked, the kerb cairn at Craggie is easily spotted sitting on top of a small hillock which is crowned with some nice looking trees.

A lot of damage has been to the west of the cairn but the kerbs are mostly in place in what was once another impressive site. It still survives at 11 meters wide is over 0.5 meters tall.

Another 3 cairns and Dun Davie will have to wait for another day as darkness was rapidly coming down. Also the lure of the nearby Clava Cairns had to be shown to ALC and the cairn finding dog.

Visited 4/1/2016.

Mid Craggie (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Mid Craggie is a wonderful kerb cairn situated next to what is fast becoming an agricultural rubbish dump. This is a tragedy considering the beauty of the area, to the west the Dun Davie Hillfort with the fast flowing Craggie Burn to the north.

The cairn is overgrown with turf and gorse but it still stands at an impressive 13 meters wide being 1.5 meters tall. Several kerbs remain in place especially on the south facing side. A bit of howking on top does not detract from the site.

Heading north on the B9154, from Tomatin, stop at the bus stop near the first minor road heading north. There is plenty of parking space. Walk back to first track north which leads to Mid Craggie farm. Look over the unused machinery and cairn can be spotted in the field to the north.

Visited 4/1/2016.

Druim An Tuirc (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Druim An Tuirc could mean Ridge Of The Boars or Ridge Of The Turkeys. Boars are believable but the thought of turkeys running up and down this hill is hard to believe.

From Banchor we headed back to the minor road and went north to the famous whisky village of Tomatin. Just as the village is entered take the minor road east, indicated Balvraid, going under the rail bridge and the A9 trunk road. Go as far as the second track that heads north westish, just after Inverbrough Lodge. Go down a slight dip to an interesting looking bridge crossing the Allt Bruchaig burn, more like raging torrent. The only real flooding we saw that day was on this narrow, scary metal bridge and after a few moments of thinking what to do I drove straight across and parked at the meeting place of several tracks.

From here we walked almost to Edinchat, then swung north walking past the trees (a pheasant rearing place and fenced) to the south heading to the top of the hill.

Drium An Tuirc is 9 meters wide and 0.4 meters high. Several kerbs encircle the cairn which has a hill climbers' cairn plonked in its centre. Easy to see why this was built as the views are stunning. Less easy to imagine are turkeys running about.

After the a good look round we headed back down this time heading north of the trees where - surprise surprise!! - a track led down to the track heading east to Edinchat and west to the warmth of the car.

Visited 4/1/2016.

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

as well as the two cairns at Banchor (and the cairn at Dalarossie) there is a field system with nice a hut circle with the same outstanding views. The hut circle is to the east of the cairns.

Stones stand at width of 15 meters and has a possible front door on the north east side. A small pile of ancient, most likely, field clearance stands near the entrance.

There is an another hut circle further along what was once a road but the field it was in was somewhat submerged.

With that it was back to the car and a meeting with the local ghillie who just parked beside the great unwashed. This poor chap has a lot of worries to keep him occupied over the next few weeks, loss of livestock, buildings, winter crop, no deliveries, no road etc etc, in an area that had no news coverage at all.

Visited 4/1/2016.

Banchor Settlement (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Craggie (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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Mid Craggie (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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Druim An Tuirc (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Dun Davie (Hillfort) — Images

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Druim An Tuirc (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Dalarossie (Ring Cairn) — Images

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Banchor 2 (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

ALC, assisted by the cairn finding dog, found this cairn by continuing to walk westwards following the deer fence. It sits at almost 11 meters wide and is almost 1 meter tall being situated next to the deer fence on the southern side. Cairn material can be seen poking through the turf with maybe a couple of stones being the remnants of a kerb, the centre has received the normal houking.

To get to the cairns I climbed the deer fence, however to west of Banchor 2 there is a gap which made the walk to Dalarossie much easier.

Visited 4/1/2015.

Banchor (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From the A9 take the first minor heading west north of The Slochd, the highest point of this road, signposted Tomatin. Take the first minor road, Carse is on the sign, heading west/south and keep going until.........Now this is a wonderful road following the River Findhorn retracing its flow west. On maps the minor road runs out but keep going and go thru the mud bath that is Easter Strathnoon. Here the tarred road is replaced by hardcore as it has been washed away in recent years. Soon it returns to tar until the Wester Strathnoon Burn. This burn must have been ferocious as the road has been washed clean away in recent days.

Still plenty room to park the car and on we walked over the washed away section until normal road returned. Look for Dalarossie Church, on the north side of the river, and jump the fence heading south.

Head to the top of the hill and on the other side of the deer fence the cairn can be seen. This is a magnificent monument situated amongst a field system. A short wall of 3 meters runs to west, probably built with cairn stones, might be a wind break or grouse butt. As usual the centre of the cairn has been houked. It still stands at 12 meters wide and is just over 0.5 meters in height. Superb views over the River Findhorn and surrounding mountains can be seen. Harder to see is the nearby cairn but ALC solved that problem.

Visited 4/1/2015.

Banchor 2 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Balfarg (Henge) — Fieldnotes

Like Fitz, I like this site despite the houses being nearby and perhaps that is a good thing as it allows your imagination to take over which is probably the reason the henge was built in the first place.

From the A92 take the B969 heading west, then take the first road south, Huntsman's Road, then the first street east, Kilmichael Road and finally the second street heading in a southerly direction fittingly called, 'The Henge'.

Visited 30/12/2105.

Law Head (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Head north on the B9130, from Markinch, and take the first minor road east which leads straight to Markinch cemetery.

The cairn is situated in the cemetery on its southern side. Trees, reported in 1955, have gone and the cairn now rests (it is a graveyard) beneath a well looked after green turf. It still sits at about 20 meters wide and is 1 meter high. Nearby is Balgonie Castle which is well worth a look and to the west The Lomonds are clearly visible.

Visited 30/12/2015.
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