Howe of Cromar

[Migvie Kirk]

As the B9119 winds through the pass between Craiglich and Pressendye, a magnificent vista opens up over the fertile hollow ahead towards the often snowy coire of Lochnagar. Welcome to the Howe of Cromar. Quiet and tiny Tarland is the main settlement, surrounded by several historical structures with construction dates varying from 4,000 years ago to the 21st century: all free, all worth exploration.

[Brooding Lochnagar seen from the middle of Tomnaverie Stone Circle (November 2012)]

Name: Culsh Earth House ☆☆☆
Description: 2,000 year old, 15 metre long underground passage (or souterrain) probably used to store grain.
Location: B9119 2 miles east of Tarland, G.R.: NJ 505055 / evolution slicing according
Open: Always
Cost: Free

Name: Migvie Church ☆☆☆
Description: Stunning restored chapel in an unassuming building - a true hidden gem.
Location: Off minor road at Migvie, four miles west of Tarland, G.R.: NJ 437068 / luckier wealth wants
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Limited parking on the track to the churchyard - don't block gates.

Name: Peel Ring of Lumphanan ☆☆☆
Description: Tall, 13th century defensive mound with surrounding moat, set amidst rolling countryside.
Location: Minor road a mile south-west of Lumphanan, G.R.: NJ 576037 / wheat twin shortage
Open: Always
Cost: Free

Name: Tomnaverie Stone Circle ☆☆☆
Description: 4,000 year old, recumbent stone circle surrounding an even older cairn, with excellent views towards Lochnagar.
Location: B9094 a mile south of Tarland, G.R.: NJ 486035 / scream fame narrates
Open: Always
Cost: Free

[Migvie Kirk]

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