This was one of the distant expeditions, we all had to drive
to Ariundle before we could start. It wasn't great weather
but we still got a good turnout: it wasn't fine, but not as
wet as we expected. Yet again we got a good turnout: Adrian,
Alasdair, Alexander, Alexandria, Allan, Chloe, Donald, James
Strachan, Jamie, John Donaldson, Katie, Peter William, Rhiannan
and Sarah; five adults: Ann, Dot, John Evans, Peter and Sandra
and, unusually, no dogs.
Starting at the Ariundle Car Park we followed the old miners'
track through the woods, stopping to examine some fresh frogspawn
and a very old birch we call the Schwarzenegger Tree. It proved
to be a hard climb up the hill for some of the team, but we
all reached the old house at Ceann a'Chreagain in good form
and ready for a break and a biscuit.
After the break we examined the remains of the farm buildings
and a platform where they used to build hay ricks. Then we
went down to the big fank, stopping at a possible ancient
cairn on the way, and had a look a the stonework, which appeared
to have an old gateway built into it. At this stage we were
getting cold and a long way from home, so we set off once
again to Ariundle where the promise of lunch at the Centre
was a big attraction.John Dye