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The Ladder, Marker Cairns

Boundary Marker(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name The Ladder, Marker Cairns

Classification Boundary Marker(S) (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Ladder Hills; Dun Muir; Meikle Geal Charn; The Ladder Road

Canmore ID 136927

Site Number NJ21NE 20

NGR NJ 2808 1919

NGR Description NJ 2808 1919 and 2813 1925

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Strathdon
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Accessing Scotland's Past Project

Three low cairns lie in the vicinity of The Ladder Road, a path which runs between Dun Muir and Meikle Geal Charn. Two of the cairns lie on a area of exposed bedrock immediately to the east of the path, while the third lies 95m to the north-north-east. These cairns were probably constructed to mark the county boundary between Aberdeenshire and Banffshire.

Text prepared by RCAHMS as part of the Accessing Scotland's Past project

Archaeology Notes

NJ21NE 20 2808 1919 and 2813 1925

Cairn [NAT] (at NJ 2808 1919)

Cairn [NAT] (at NJ 2813 1925)

OS 1:10,000 map, 1971.

Several marker cairns have been constructed in the saddle traversed by The Ladder Road between Dun Muir to the SW and Meikle Geal Charn to the NE. Two of the cairns lie on what is presumably frost-shattered bedrock, forming a low mound immediately to the E of the road, and another lies about 95m to the NNE. The latter forms an irregularly shaped mound about 8m in diameter and 0.4m in height. This earlier cairn may represent nothing more than the collapse of successive marker cairns at this point on the boundary.

Visited by RCAHMS (SPH), 10 June 1997.


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