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St. John’s Well, Isle of May, Fife

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 65858 99107 Also Known as: Pump Well Archaeology & History This seems to be the only ‘St John’ dedication on the Isle of May: a small island littered with more saint’s names, seemingly, … Continue reading

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St. Andrew’s Well, Isle of May, Fife

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 65375 99592 Archaeology & History In John Dickson’s (1899) fine work on the history and antiquities of the Forth islands, he describes a number of all-but-forgotten holy and medicinal wells that could be visited … Continue reading

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Warlocks’ Tomb, Muckhart, Clackmannanshire

Tomb/s (lost):  OS Grid Reference – NS 9928 9865 Archaeology & History A fascinating site that was described in Johnston & Tullis (2003) local history work on the parish of Muckhart. Amidst an area bedevilled with faerie, boggarts, ghosts and historical … Continue reading

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Mineral Well, Dollar, Clackmannanshire

Healing Well:  OS Grid Reference – NS 9855 9804 Also Known as: Dollar Chalybeate Spring Dollar Spa Vicar’s Bridge Spa Archaeology & History Somewhere hiding away above the north-side of the River Devon, just above the Vicar’s Bridge, a little-known healing … Continue reading

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Borgie, Tongue, Sutherland

Chambered Cairn:  OS Grid Reference – NC 6737 5940 Also Known as: Canmore ID 5743 Getting Here Very difficult to find under the herbage, but – along the A836 road between Tongue and Bettyhill, turn down at Borgie Bridge towards Skerray.  A few … Continue reading

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Cross Well, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 34629 72739 Archaeology & History Musselburgh has had an ancient fair—held upon St. James’ Day (July 25)—for many centuries.  It was held along the old High Street by a more ancient Market Cross … Continue reading

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Achnaburin, Bettyhill, Farr, Sutherland

‘Hut Circle’:  OS Grid Reference – NC 7082 5891 Also Known as: Achnabourin Canmore ID 6210 Getting Here Take the A836 road (between Bettyhill and Tongue), crossing the metal bridge across the River Naver a mile south of Bettyhill.  Keep going for nearly … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Well, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Holy Well (destroyed):  OS Grid-Reference – NT 3452 7264 Archaeology & History First mentioned in the Scottish Statistical Account of 1845, its name originates from being attached to the vicarage of nearby St. Michael’s church.  Highlighted on the 1853 township … Continue reading

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Kinloch Lodge, Tongue, Sutherland

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – NC 56201 52713 Also Known as: Canmore ID 5356 Lochan Hakel A (Gourlay 1996) Getting Here Whether you take the A836 or A838 into Tongue (through truly beautiful wilderness), make sure you go into the village … Continue reading

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Ringstone Carving, Torrisdale Bay, Farr, Sutherland

Cup-and-Ring Stone:  OS Grid Reference – NC 691 616  —  NEW FIND Getting Here Take the A836 road between Tongue and Bettyhill, turning down at Borgie Bridge for 1.8 miles (2.87km) until you reach the little information sign at the roadside. … Continue reading

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