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 Flinticus 15 Jul 2021

Seen and walked upon on way up Mount Blair. 

Not seen anything like this before. The farm track runs left to right on the top of these stones before taking a right angle over the cave feature and continuing uphill. 

That cave feature is not a bridge or tunnel. I wonder if there was a well / spring there once.


In reply to Flinticus:

Could it be a limekiln? No idea if there's any limestone round there

 MG 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

Is it the remains of a broch?  (Sort of pre-historic fort type things).

 Flinticus 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

Good call. Perhaps filled in now. Maybe the track was used to access the top.

 DaveHK 15 Jul 2021
 Lankyman 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

> Could it be a limekiln? No idea if there's any limestone round there


It looks very similar to limekilns down here in north Lancashire and South Lakeland.  Limestone does crop up in all sorts of unexpected places in Scotland. I came across sinks and little bits of outcrops by a stream on the north side of Ben Hiant. Caves have been known on Schiehallion for years.

 Flinticus 15 Jul 2021
In reply to DaveHK:

Initially thought of that but its too massive, no sign of a door ever been in place and its not where I would place an icehouse! 

 Harry Jarvis 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

> Could it be a limekiln? No idea if there's any limestone round there

A limekiln was my thought too. There is limestone to the south and east of Mount Blair. 

 upordown 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

There's a picture of a lime kiln near Kirkmichael which looks fairly similar. See page 16 here https://www.mountblairarchive.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Heriatge_Car_Trails_MB07.pdf

 upordown 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

And a mention of lime kilns around the Cateran Trail on page 32 here https://commonculture.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Booklet-that-accompanies-our-Exhibition-A-Story-of-the-Cateran-Trail-in-100-Objects.pdf  I have now successfully stretched my morning elevenses into lunch break!

 Flinticus 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

Close up of the interior


 Lankyman 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

Looks almost certain to be a limekiln. The rock even looks like limestone. You'd probably find a depression on the top where the rock and fuel to burn it would be put in. There are lots of them round where I am right now (Silverdale). The top can usually be reached from the slope they are built on or a ramp is built up instead.

 Mike-W-99 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

Canmore will probably have it recorded.

https://canmore.org.uk/site/search/result?SITECOUNTRY=0&view=map

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 HardenClimber 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Mike-W-99:

I'm sure it will be a limekiln.

They usually have the top hole filled in.

All sorts here... https://www.facebook.com/groups/ForTheLoveOfLimekilns


 Trangia 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

Sorry, but where is Mt Blair?

 Flinticus 15 Jul 2021
In reply to Trangia:

That's a secret.

In reply to Trangia:

> Sorry, but where is Mt Blair?

In the centre ground

 Nigel Coe 17 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

If it's not a lime kiln and there's bracken in the area, could it be a potash kiln?

 Flinticus 17 Jul 2021
In reply to Nigel Coe:

Now you're just stirring things up!

There's loads of bracken about.

 ChrisJD 17 Jul 2021
 ChrisJD 17 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

Looks like the area includes pre-Cambrian metamorphosed limestones.

 Flinticus 20 Jul 2021
In reply to ChrisJD:

My thoughts exactly!

 Martin W 20 Jul 2021
In reply to Mike-W-99:

> Canmore will probably have it recorded.

If the OP has the grid reference where the photos were taken then they could use the "Zoom To..." feature on that Canmore map page to see what's recorded in the vicinity.

It looks like there's a number of interesting prehistoric remains around Mount Blair but my money would be on the OP's photo being of a disused limekiln.

 Martin W 20 Jul 2021
In reply to Trangia:

> Sorry, but where is Mt Blair?

Seriously?  It takes less than ten second to Google it.

 FactorXXX 20 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

Could it be an overnight campsite for trolls when they're moving from one bridge to another?

 C Witter 20 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

It's a limekiln. Definitely. Looks just like the ones in Silverdale.

 Flinticus 20 Jul 2021
In reply to FactorXXX:

I was thinking an outpost of the Incan Empire.

 Lankyman 20 Jul 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

> I was thinking an outpost of the Incan Empire.

Don't be daft. It was the Aztecs and Maya who built flat-topped pyramids.

 Flinticus 20 Jul 2021

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