May 2016 – Visit to Ladieswell and Knockwell Cairns

Visiting Ladieswell  and Knocksoul Cairns, Tillypronie.  The terrain is rough due to forestry operations and we would advise that it is only suitable for the fairly able-bodied. Walking boots or stout shoes are recommended. 

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Cormack’s watercolour of 1942 shows the view from the recumbent stone circle before reforestation. © Valerie Parkinson

We visited the Ladieswell Blue Cairn and the nearby Knocksoul burial kist on 7th May.   We marveled at the scale of the Blue Cairn and the wonderfully level surface of the huge recumbent before hunting down the two much smaller satellite cairns described by Ogston.

The visit to find the burial kist at Knocksoul looked doomed to failure until we discovered an overgrown hole obscured by a large fallen larch tree.   Our description mentioned a lid lying to one side and, when Mike peeled back the moss and grass, there it was, confirming that the hole was indeed the kist.   The lid is unmistakable because of its bright orange-brown colour.

Thanks to Peter Craig for the details and the pictures.

Details of Ladieswell and Blue Cairn

The moment of discovery of the kist

The moment of discovery of the kist

The Knocksoul Kist

The Knocksoul Kist