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The shortest Scottish hillwalk ever? Hill of Dunnideer

The shortest Scottish hillwalk ever? Hill of Dunnideer


Postby GariochTom » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:14 pm

Route description: Hill of Dunnideer, near Insch

Date walked: 20/11/2011

Time taken: 0.5 hours

Distance: 1 km

Ascent: 98m

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This is probably the shortest hill walk I have ever done since moving here 4 years ago (well, I have walked up smaller hills, but not just for the sake of hillwalking).... but it was worth the effort.

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Signpost


After passing through a kissing gate we followed the direction of the helpful sign and headed up the well-manicured grassy path, looking back towards the historic village of Insch.
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A little higher...
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The hill was fairly steep....
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The hill fort


Within 10 minutes we reached the summit, on which the remnants of the Castle of Dunnideer stand. The castle dates from circa 1260, and is possibly the earliest tower-house on the Scottish mainland (http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/18128/details/dunnideer/).

After the walk I learned that the castle ruins are surrounded by two lines of defence from an earlier hillfort. The inner line includes a vitrified wall, where the stone have been turned glassy by a high temperature fire burning the wooden framework within the wall. There were also earth ramparts around these walls - another line of defence..... However, being not very observant I didn't recognise any of these archaeological remains, and just thought we were walking up a hill :)

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After spending some time on the summit, taking in the views and taking photographs of the ruins from numerous angles, we headed back down the way we came, passing the line of larch trees.

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The walk was finished almost as soon as it had began!


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To recover from such a strenuous walk ;) we then paid a visit to the new teashop at Chapel of Garioch - the Old Post Office - where I had a latte and a delicious raspberry & amaretto cake... delicious.
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Re: The shortest Scottish hillwalk ever? Hill of Dunnideer

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:25 pm

I think Cairnpapple hill might beat this, i think it took me 10-15mins to get to the summit of that one :D
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