Borgie Bridge

Borgie Bridge

Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

Location

Scotland Sutherland Northern Scotland NC 66130 58740
Lat 58.49632093   Long -4.298592948

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Simplified plan of Borgie Bridge stone rows. From a survey by L.J. Myatt available here and fieldwork.

Characteristics

Type: Multiple Length: 18m
No. of stones: 17 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 35° Altitude: 76m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Prehistoric settlement
Notes: 5 rows

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Plausible.  No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretion of this row.


Photographs

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General view of the alignment from the south west.

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The lower end of the alignment. View from south (Scale 1m).

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View from south of the stone alignment. Mound at the top of the alignment is highlighted (Scale 1m).

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A single edge set slab to the east of the main group of stones probably indicates the position of a fifth row. This stone is o.32m high, is aligned on the mound and is exposed by a shallow hollow. This stone has been added to the plan produced by Myatt.

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View from above and south west of the stone alignment. Dense vegetation makes it difficult to see most of the stones (Scale 1m).

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View from above and the north showing the stone alignment. The tallest stone in the alignment measures 0.32m high.

Cnoc Graggie (NC 60535 52910)

The only obvious reveal concerns Cnoc Graggie about 8km from the Borgie Bridge stone alignment. There may be others but the orientation and slope of the alignment makes it likely that this is the main one. From the top (north) of the alignment Cnoc Graggie is obvious but disappears rapidly as you move downhill until at the points where the alignment terminates it is at the limit of visibility. The series of photographs below illustrate this phenomenon.

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View of Cnoc Graggie from the top of the alignment. At this point the mountain looks like a round cairn standing on top of the near ridge.

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View of Cnoc Graggie 6m from the top of the alignment. The mountain is disappearing rapidly.

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View of Cnoc Graggie 12 m from the top of the alignment. More than half of the peak has disappeared and it now rather resembles a long cairn.

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View of Cnoc Graggie from the bottom of the alignment. If the stone row builders were a little shorter than me this would be the point at which the mountain disappears.

Access Information

Limited car parking is available at NC 66181 58635. Follow the road on foot westward to a gateway at NC 65931 58621. This is a surprisingly busy road and care should be taken. From the gateway make your way across open moorland to the row.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     Historic Environment Record     The Northern Antiquarian

Caithness Field Club Bulletin

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 224.

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