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Ballynoe (Stone Circle)

04/08/2015 – Seeing the photos on TMA of this circle a few months back left such an impression on me. I knew that given the first chance I would try to make my way here to see the stones for myself. If you have access to a car getting there is no problem but it’s not too bad by bus either. There is a bus that runs to Ballynoe but it’s not that frequent. We instead took the 17A bus from Newcastle to Downpatrick. We got off at Ballydugan crossroads on the A25. A couple of miles walk on quietish country roads and we made it to the signposted path to Ballynoe stone circle. The overgrown path off the road to the circle is really lovely and at this time of year it felt like walking through a gateway to another realm. After a few minutes we reached the circle. To folk that have already been I’m sure it will come as no surprise to read that I found Ballynoe stone circle to be as wonderful as I had hoped. A fantastic circle of stones surrounding a cairn with its own kerb. Some lovely outliers as well. Lots to look at and a great location. We sat just outside the circle to have our sandwiches. Just looking across to the stones and the landscape beyond. A perfect few hours spent doing not much of nothing.

Slieve Commedagh (Cairn(s))

03/08/2015 – After visiting the cairns on Slieve Donard it was nice to walk the quiet ground on Slieve Commedagh. Just us and the hill. A small cairn is situated on the summit. Not much to look at maybe but the location and vibe/feeling was just wonderful. Lovely views all round. My sort of place.

Slieve Donard Lesser Cairn (Cairn(s))

03/08/2015 – Really liked this cairn. Good size and the view of the landscape far below is fantastic. Much quieter than the summit of Slieve Donard just a short distance south. Top site.

Summit of Slieve Donard (Cairn(s))

03/08/2015 - We had a few days holiday spare so decided to make the trip to Ireland to visit Slieve Donard. A big hill with a couple of cairns on top sounded good to me. I'd had my eye on this trip since looking across at the Mournes from the Isle of Man a few years back. Good to finally make it.

Starting from Newcastle (great place to stay, ice cream and chippy heaven) it’s a pretty straight forward climb through a lovely wood and then alongside Glen River up to the Mourne Wall. From there the path steepens to the top of Slieve Donard. I’m a bit under the weather at the moment but even on a good day I think I would have found the climb hard going. The last 200 metres gain was tough and I was glad to reach the top. Great Cairn on the summit is quite a size and the view was amazing when the cloud lifted for a brief time. Better still to walk the short distance north to Lesser cairn, great place for a sit and quieter than the top

Fincastle Farm (Standing Stones)

26/06/2015 - I wasn't that keen on this one. I think my mood was a little low from the rain so I didn't give it a fair chance. The location felt a bit odd, not farmland and not really hillside. Heading back over the rise to Strathgarry there was some nice limestone to look at which cheered me up a little.

Dundavie (Cairn(s))

26/06/2015 - Cairn marked on OS map. Not much to see. Small cist just showing through the heather. If you want to get someone interested in prehistory I'd maybe pick elsewhere for their first site :-)

Strathgarry (Stone Circle)

26/06/2015 - Parking area at Balrobbie Farm. Good access onto the hillside (steepish path). We then headed west past Ardtulichan, some lovely cup marked rocks round here. The path marked on the OS map takes you pretty close to the 4 poster. Nice site with great views. Weather by this point was rubbish so we thought we can't get any wetter so decided to walk on over the rise to have a look at the standing stones on the other side. A soggy but fun(ish) walk.

Ardtulichan (Cup Marked Stone)

26/06/2015 - I liked this one. Thanks to George and others for making my soggy walk to Strathgarry 4 poster a bit more interesting :-))

Ardtulichan (Cup Marked Stone)

26/06/2015 - On the way to Strathgarry 4 poster. Nice split rock with cup marks, Great view.

Lettoch (Cup Marked Stone)

26/06/2015 - Possible cup marked rock (NN 91061 64289) above Lettoch. Rock is about 100m to the south and downhill from a hut circle (?) (NN 91065 64401). If you are passing I would be interested in another opinion :-)
Fine area for a walk.

Strathgroy (Cairn(s))

21/06/2015 - After a visit to Glen Clune cairn, a short walk north of here, we had a look for this cairn. Canmore has entries for two different cairns very close to each other, Sithean Na Cluana and Strathgroy. I had a look about for a second cairn but I think both entries refer to the same cairn. This 'fairy knoll' is great. Fantastic location overlooking the River Garry. We did have a close encounter with some cows on the way which involved a stand off, a little bit of fast walking, a brief moment of jogging and quick jump over a wall. As luck would have it we ended up in the correct field. There were cows in this one but these were a bit more laid back. Still we didn't push our luck so the visit to the cairn was short. Well worth a visit just for the vibe and views.

Glen Clune (Cairn(s))

21/06/2015 - Sometimes two stones are enough. It might not look much but I was really taken with this cairn. Location is great with fine views all round. Easy access from a few starting points. We combined it with a walk over Meall Mor, starting from Lettoch. A peaceful place.

Schiehallion (Sacred Hill)

22/06/2015 - About 10 years since I was last on Schiehallion. It was a lovely blue sky day last time. Today was windy, misty and cold. I even sat next to a patch of snow for my sandwiches and cuppa. It didn't feel much like the end of June!

What can I say about Schiehallion that you need to know apart from it's just a great hill with a fantastic view. If you are in the area and like a walk, it's a must visit. Good parking, nice path and great boulder hopping to be had near the top (if you like that sort of thing).

This hill must have been special to people since the first time humans laid eyes on it.

A good day.

Cnoc Na Maranaich (Chambered Cairn)

13/05/2015 - Nice chambered cairn on top of Cnoc Na Maranaich with nearby standing stone and cairn. The walk from Dunbeath is a good one. Passing a couple of brochs as we walked up Dunbeath Water then onto the chambered cairns of Carn Liath and Loedebest. Finally a short pull uphill to Cnoc Na Maranaich. Makes for a good day trip and the view from the top is great.

Carn Liath (Chambered Cairn)

13/05/2015 - The area round here is full of cairns, brochs, settlements etc. It was hard to pick which way to go. This chambered cairn was my favourite of the ones we visited on our walk. Canmore describe it as 'Orkney-Cromarty, long, horned, with Camster-type chamber'. Well worth a visit combined with a few of the other sites nearby. Easy access from Dunbeath.

Balantrath (Broch)

13/05/2015 - Just a short walk upriver from Dunbeath broch are the remains of Balantrath broch. The walk along the bank of Dunbeath Water between the two is lovely. This broch is pretty overgrown but the location is good.

Langwell (Chambered Cairn)

12/05/2015 - Nice chambered cairn on the south side of Langwell Water. A lot of the stones have been removed but enough of the stones that make up the chambers remain to still get a good idea of what it was like. Well worth a visit, I liked my time there (only slightly spoiled by the caterpillar tracks right through the middle of cairn)

Dirlot (Stone Row / Alignment)

11/05/2015 - On the way back from Backlass stone circle we had a look at these stone rows at Dirlot. Parking in a nearby passing place, it's a short walk to the site. The stones are small and quite hidden in the heather. It was fun walking the side of the hill trying to find the rows. Canmore state 'possibly twenty rows', we didn't find that many but there are a good few visible. Two small cairns are situated on the knoll just above the rows. Worth a look.

Backlass (Stone Circle)

11/05/2015 - A visit to Backlass stone circle makes for a lovely walk in the wide, open landscape of Caithness. We took the good single track road (plenty of passing places) from the A9 at Mybster to a parking area about 1 km west of Strathmore Lodge. From there it's about a 7 mile round trip to Backlass, nice flatish walk, track all the way. I love this area and the walk alone is worth going for. A real feeling of loneliness in a big landscape where everything looks so far away. The stone circle is in the long deserted township of Backlass. Five stones remain but a few more potentials are in the surrounding stone walls. The weather was good and we sat for a while by the circle and had our sandwiches. It was hard to leave and make the slow walk back to the real world. Great site and day.

Craig Halligarry (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

10/05/2015 - Afternoon walk up Beinn Dubhain from Baile an Or. We took a slight detour on the way down to visit this stone. Well worth the effort. Great cup and ring marks and a lovely view from it.
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