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Jeffries Corse (Cairn(s))

09/08/2014 - Just a short walk from Dundreich cairn, Jeffries Corse cairn is said to have been large at one time but the grassed covered cairn is now about 4ft in height. Not much to see but the view is very good from it.

Dundreich (Cairn(s))

09/08/2014 - A visit to Blackhope Scar combined with the two cairns of Dundreich and Jeffries Corse make for a fine walk in this area. We parked north at Gladhouse Reservoir and headed along the track beside River South Esk. Up the track at The Kipps and followed fence line to Blackhope Scar. Then using the wind turbine tracks on Bowbeat Hill we made our way to the cairn on Dundreich. The cairn is grassed over and only a couple of feet high now. Worth going just for the view across to the Pentland Hills. A lovely location for a cairn. Worth mentioning is Northshield Rings to the west. I didn't visit them but from the hill they did look pretty impressive.

Camp Hill (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

08/08/2014 - We approached this settlement/fort from Scald Law to the north. Easy access and nice view of the site from the hill. Oval fort with ring-ditch houses inside. Nice site. Canmore (link below) has more details and some nice ariel photos.

Black Meldon Fort (Hillfort)

11/08/2014 - I visited White Meldon a few years back and had been wanting to get back to have a look at Black Meldon fort since. Started from the road that runs between the Meldons. Short but steepish climb to the top. Nice stones of the wall remain and a cairn (old?) on top. Well worth a visit. Weather today was pretty wild on top with the wind and rain.

Cnoc Odhar (Chambered Cairn)

11/07/2014 - Sometimes places just get you when you visit. This was one of those for me. The stones that remain from those that made up the chamber are just great. The location of the cairn, overlooking Loch Fleet and the coastline is fantastic. The sun and the big blue sky made the whole place look and feel brilliant. We came from the cairn to the NW but it can be accessed from the road SE, tricky parking though. Well worth a visit.

Creag An Amalaidh (Long Cairn)

11/07/2014 - We had a few days off work and the call to go North was too strong to resist, especially after looking at Gladman's recent trip photos. We have stopped many times for a cup of coffee and a leg stretch at The Mound, the crossing over River Fleet as in runs into Loch Fleet, on our way up North. It's such a fine location with good parking, picnic tables and great views. Brilliant place to watch osprey fishing, if you are lucky, in the summer months. I've been wanting for a while to climb the little hill, Creag An Amalaidh, here but we have never had had enough time before. We were staying close by for a few days so decided to finally get round to having a walk here. Added bonus was the hill also had a cairn to the SW and a chambered cairn within walking distance to the SE.

We chose to climb up from the east, just next to Cambusmore Lodge. A little steep in parts but not bad going to the summit, keeping the crags to our left as we climbed. The summit is topped by the Princess Cairn. Canmore list this as CAIRN, FORT (POSSIBLE). The cairn looked quite small and not mega old to my untrained eyes. Also I couldn't make out any details of a fort. Just a lot of what looked like old peat cuttings. View from the top is well worth going for though.

Heading SW downhill, we made our way to Creag An Amalaidh cairn. The cairn when first viewed from above looks fantastic in the landscape. Getting ever bigger as we approached from above it. 70ft in length, the cairn is pretty big with good sized stones. Quite disturbed but still has a good shape. I really liked this one a lot. Great way to start off our little trip. After having a nosey about for a while we made our way SE to Cnoc Odhar chambered cairn.

Bailenacuile (Chambered Cairn)

13/06/2014 - Like a few of the cairns round here Bailenacuile is situated next to a watercourse (Allt nan Eun). Easy access from the road nearby and a waymarked trail passes by up the 'Fairy Glen'. Not the best time of year to visit as the bracken was terrible. So bad that we didn't even notice a cairn (60ft in diameter) just west of the chambered cairn! Hard to say what condition this is in because of the bracken but the passage can still be made out. Not the best cairn round here but still worth a visit.

Achaidh (Chambered Cairn)

13/07/2014 - Achaidh chambered cairn (also known as Cairn Of The Red Dog) is similar to Kyleoag chambered cairn and a visit to both makes for a nice walk. Achaidh is easily accessed via the track from the west and also waymarked tracks from Spinningdale. The cairn is a good one. Pretty big with visible chamber and a great lintel over the passage into it. Good location with lovely views. Look out for Rivra cairn just to the SW of it as well.

Kyleoag (Chambered Cairn)

13/05/2014 - Kyleoag chambered cairn is, for me, the pick of the cairns in this area just north of Spinningdale. A visit here combined with any of the other cairns nearby makes for a lovely walk but if short of time there are a few passing places a car can be parked near the cairn. A signposted path leads from the road to climb uphill by a stream to the site. As we approached from the south the first sight of the cairn was impressive through the trees. Great chamber with lintel over the passageway and a small cell towards the back. It really is a fantastic site and well worth a visit.

Ledmore Wood (Chambered Cairn)

13/07/2014 - First of four chambered cairns we visited on a lovely walk near Spinningdale. This was the one I wanted to visit the most due to its location on the hill overlooking the Dornoch Firth. Starting from Spinningdale we took the track going west up to the summit of A'Chraisg. From the top the cairn can be seen a further 500m or so west. A little bash through the heather and we reached the cairn. Canmore states that it measures 55ft in diameter and about 6ft in height. Well worth the walk up the hill and whoever built it picked a fantastic location for this one.

Camore Wood (Chambered Cairn)

12/07/2014 - Easy access from the parking area to the SW. This chambered cairn is in a lovely wood and protected by a fantastic esker just to the north. Very overgrown but the size can be made out and the odd stone. Great upright slab containing quartz is visible. I like this one a lot and the walk through the wood containing many hut circles is lovely. Don't be put off by the undergrowth.

Camore Wood settlement (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

12/07/2014 - I know these are ten a penny but I love hut circles. The main draw to this wood is the chambered cairn but these hut circles are everywhere here and well worth keeping an eye out for on the walk to the cairn.

Skelbo Wood (Long Cairn)

14/07/2014 - This cairn is just a short walk east from the broch in the same wood. It is a fair-size at over 30m long. Not much to actually see of the stones as it is completely overgrown. Still the vibe is great in the clearing and we had a nice time strolling around the cairn.

Skelbo Wood (Broch)

14/07/2014 - It's sites like this that make me wonder about how few people go to these places. The wood has a good car park and waymarked walks. The broch is marked and it has a nice notice board near it. But the gate leading to the broch was near impossible to open and so few people must visit that the path was overgrown with trees. A little sad as it's a nice site with a lovely view north over Loch Fleet. Very overgrown but worth a look.

Embo Street (Cairn(s))

11/07/2014 - Getting to this cairn looked pretty easy on the map via the old railway line from either Embo or Dornoch. Once there though, getting from the path to the cairn was hard work with barded wire fences to cross. Maybe better access from the west. Reading canmore this cairn, situated next to a stream, sounded pretty good but it's so overgrown it was hard to see anything through the gorse and broom. Nice walk though.

Dail Na Seilg (Cairn(s))

25/06/2014 - For me Glen Banchor has it all. Big hills, little hills, gentle walks up the glen or just plock yourself down by the river and watch the world go by. Easy access from Newtonmore. A road leads from the village to a car parking spot in the glen. It's a lovely quiet stroll along the side of river, passing by hut circles and deserted townships to reach this cairn at the west of the glen. The cairn is grassed over and not much to look at but it's in a great location. Clear line of sight down the River Calder to the east and also Strath an Eilich to the South. Well worth a visit just for the peace and quiet of the place.

Tulach Hill (Stone Fort / Dun)

24/06/2014 - After a nice visit to the dun on Creag Odhar we headed west to Tulach hill about one mile away to have a look at the dun there. The dun is situated on a small knoll near the summit of the hill. Rock-cut ditch on three of the sides. Fourth side is very steep sloped. Great entrance causeway on the SE side. Again like Creag Odhar, the view is very good from here. Visits to both these two duns make for a nice day out.

Creag Odhar (Stone Fort / Dun)

24/06/2014 - There is a good path (marked on the OS map) from the A9 north of Creag Odhar to get easy access to the hill. We parked in a layby on the A9 just past the where the path meets the road (there are laybys both ways near here). Nice climb through open woodland and then a short stroll east to Creag Ohar. The Dun is oval in shape with stones showing here and there in the overgrown wall. The location and view down the River Garry is really nice and the big hills like Beinn a'ghlo etc show well. Worth a visit as it's a nice walk with plenty of other sites in the area as well.

Tom A' Chladha (Cairn(s))

23/06/2014 - This cairn is in the grounds of Newtonmore's Highland Folk Museum. It's not the most exciting to look at to be honest. Grassy mound with a few stones dotted about and a depression on top where a kiln has been built into it. Reading Canmore (link below) the cairn does sound like it could have been a good one back in the day. Still the museum is well worth looking round and it's free.

Dun-Da-Lamh (Hillfort)

23/06/2014 - This hillfort had been high on my to visit list for a while now. Finally got a chance to visit and it really is as good as I had hoped it would be. We took the same route as broch the badger and after a lovely walk up the hill on a sunny day we got to the fort. Fantastic walls and a great rugged interior. We sat and had our sandwiches on the wall, just gazing at the landscape below. If you like duns this is a must visit.
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