Whistle up the glen

Photographs and other documentary evidence of historical interest in the Helensburgh and Lomond area


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A list of the walks taken. Some are just interesting to see others are suggested

Above the carpark stands the remains of an ancient 'Dun' home to an extended family and two thousand or more years old

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Archaeology Notes

NR75SW 7 7407 5479.

(NR 7408 5480) Fort (NR)

OS 6" map, (1924)

This fort, occupying the summit of an isolated rocky knoll, measures 24.5m x 18.5m within a 6.1m thick wall, now reduced to a grass-covered stony bank, not more than 1.0m high. A number of facing stones are visible in situ as shown in plan. A subsidiary crest line, traceable all round the knoll except on the W, may represent the edge of a terrace made as a seating for the outer face of the wall. The exceptional wall thickness would allow for mural chambers and galleries but no trace of such structures are now visible. The entrance is in the E. A D-shaped enclosure, formed by a low bank, and measuring 27.5m x 9m internally is situated at the base of the knoll, immediately SE of the entrance. Without excavation it is impossible to assess its relationship to the fort.

RCAHMS 1971, visited 1961.

A dun, measuring 17.5m NE-SW by 9.0m within a wall up to 4.0m thick. Otherwise as described by RCAHMS.

Surveyed at 1:10,000

Visited by OS (D W R) 13 August 1973.

Dun: NR 740 547. From mole disturbance on interior of dun, bones, mica schist polisher (or lid?) and translucent green glass dumb-bell bead.

L Masters and E Peltenburg 1979.


Myself and Alasdair took a walk up to Carman Hill

Myself and Alasdair took a walk around Sawmill woods, to the east of Helensburgh and ended up by Camus Eskan

I joined the group to visit the remains of Millbrae cottages over by Rosneath on the Peninsula

Myself Alasdair and Anne took a walk along the beach so I could look at the remains of the Dumbuck Crannog.  fascinating to realise that people occupied this site so long ago. Quite humbling to have a small glimpse of those gone before us

Further to the east of the Dumbuck Crannog is a feature called, on older maps, Milton Island. It is a circular feature and the North Clyde Archaeological Society are looking to eplore it at some future date

Took the bus to Cardross and walked down to the sawmill and the bay.

I was asked to join the group who were digging over a Portkil

Yeh, I'll come for a look at some caves. That's how I ended up, halfway up a hill northeast of Succoth

My son had mentioned a cave over at Peaton Woods, by Coulport. An area of woodland bought, from the MoD and now held in trust for peaceful activities

Myself and Alasdair took the bus to the East side of Dumbarton where there is a path down to the Beach. If you time the tide right it's a pleasant walk along to Cardross