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Dun Dunsinane

Dun Dunsinane


Postby Tam Collie » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:02 pm

Date walked: 21/12/2019

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 8 km

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Well this was another hill that we could see from our daily walk and what a cracker.


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Parking at the bend in the road just above Collace we went through the gate and read all the signs that dogs were to be kept on a lead due to lambing and livestock. Didn't think much of that so negotiated close control with the o'fart will it was December.

Short pull up grassy track to a bit of gorse then onto the bottom of Dunsinane hill. This was my introduction to Shakespeare at school so the odd line came to mind, of course not to be uttered less bad luck doth strike.

The hill fort is quite spectacular though Victorian amateur archaeologists have done a good job of digging most of it up but hay ho! A quick walk around the earthworks and then down into the dip between the fort and Black Hill and it's sharp ascent. This is the best vantage point of Dunsinane fort.
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You can see how the Black hill got it's name with the crags protecting its Southern slopes. The top has some sort of radio or weather station, bit of an eyesore.

Next hill to the east is King's seat, looks a long way off and the paths are small but having crossed a small subsidiary top and then the ancient Broch more of which later, and final slope and the top trig arrives quickly enough. Although not very good weather we had the pleasure of watching paragliders or parasails using the updrafts on the slopes to the south. Very entertaining to watch.

We descended back to the broch. Now those of us who have seen the brochs in Glen Elg, or even in books or "tinternet" would be somewhat underwhelmed by this one! Tentative would be an optimistic description, site off would be plausible, but broch? Well maybe to the educated but I could not see anything but a few stones on a knoll.
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We traversed above the wood to re-join our line of ascent and then back to the car in what was a deceptively hard walk for a half day.
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