Loak Cairn

Ordnance Survey Map Reference NO077330

Looking due east

Looking north west

Due north

The Loak standing stone lies just west of the cairn

Looking SE from the top of the cairn, two low flattened mounds are visible

Looking NW from the top of the cairn towards the Obney hills, another two low mounds are visible

This site is adjacent to the Loak standing stone, and lies just off the A9 before the Bankfoot turning. From Canmore: "This is a large turf-covered barrow, mainly of earth but with some stone evident, 4.0 to 5.0m high and formerly covered by trees. It is situated on relatively flat arable land and is readily visible from all directions. A slight terrace effect halfway down the east side of the tumulus is probably due to the tree-planting. Traditionally the site of judicial courts held prior to 1745."

Hence the alternative name of Court Hill. There's little else in Canmore about it, so presumably it hasn't been excavated. The farmer did tell me, however, that this area lies on a gravel bed, and that the local estate has made some plans to quarry for this. He wasn't sure how advanced the plans were - but possibly another cause for Heritage Action? I'll be keeping a close eye on local developments here.

The view from the cairn is quite spectacular, and I make no apologies for posting a couple of pictures of these. The cairn seems to be the central feature in a number of low mounds running NW towards the Obney hills, which can be faintly discerned in the lower two pictures. Anyone have any theories for this? A long line of standing stones runs from Denmarkfield Farm, through Cramflat, Gellybanks, Loak, and Pitsundry to the Witch's Stone at Meickle Obney. Could be just serendipity, though...

Date visited 19th February 2004

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