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Archaeology in the North East Highlands of Scotland

Our bed and breakfast is located in one of the most archaeologically rich areas in the Scottish Highlands. Most famous is the Pictish Trail, and there are other archaeological artifacts of earlier periods in abundance too - numerous chambered cairns, burial mounds, and a henge and crannog by Loch Migdale. The latter was the theme of a Time Team investigation from Channel 4. In 1900, a priceless collection of Bronze Age jewellery dating from around 2000BC known as the Migdale Hoard was discovered.

Around Culrain itself there are a huge number of sites listed by RCAHMS as the screenshot on the right shows. Though most of these would not be of interest to the general tourist, they may be of archaeological signficance.

Also, of interest to those who believe in sacred geometry and earth mysteries, is the major north-south British leyline, the Spine of Albion, which passes right through Culrain. This has been researched by Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare and more information about this can be viewed on their website. We can point you to a number of the local sites identified by Biltcliffe and Hoare which are part of this line. They tell me that the "female energy current" shown in purple in their diagram is called "Elen", and the "male energy current" in yellow is called "Belinus".

According to a Wikipedia article, the leyline concept was coined in 1921 by the archaeologist Alfred Watkins, as alignments of numerous places of geographical and historical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords, which would have formed ancient trackways and navigational systems. In recent years the concept has been extended by some, drawing on ancient systems of thought, to include the idea of energy currents which form an interface between the physical dimension and other dimensions. Whether or not you believe in such phenomena, you might still find leylines an interesting concept, and find out more about the northern Scottish section of the Spine of Albion here.

RCAHMS Canmore Map (Screenshot) for Culrain area

RCAHMS Canmore Map (Screenshot) for Culrain area

Burial Mound on Ord Hill above Lairg

Burial Mound on Ord Hill above Lairg

Saint Demhans Pictish Stone Creich near Bonar Bridge

Saint Demhans Pictish Stone Creich near Bonar Bridge

Carn Liath Broch near Brora and Golspie

Carn Liath Broch near Brora and Golspie

 

 

Remains of Pictish Broch by Loch Shin

Remains of Pictish Broch by Loch Shin
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