Blue Cairn

Recumbent Stone Circle - Aberdeenshire

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NJ41144 06331 (GPS 67min) Diameter 21.0m (meas.)
Visited July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

Blue Cairn is both a fascinating and frustrating site. The site is unique in that it is dominated by the massive central cairn, this is much taller than any we have seen at other RSCs. Whether this is because the cairn here is largely intact, or because it was originally an unusually large cairn is unknown. The cairn has several pit-like "structures" in it, including one at the centre, these have been constructed and are not the results of digging. All of the circle stones are fallen except one at the east, the recumbent is also down. Even when erect, the stones would not have been as high as the central cairn. The cairn material itself makes traversing the site difficult, the boulders are everywhere and are just the right size to turn your ankle especially when carrying equipment. The luxuriant bracken growth effectively obscures the fallen circle stones from photography, the central pit was too deep to allow the usual centre panoramas, and the curve of the cairn defies effective whole site shots as you will see.

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