Monday, 6 June 2011

Castle Law

is an Andrew Ridgeley/Ernie Wise type of hill - eclipsed by it's more illustrious partner, Dumyat.It is, however well worth a visit even for those who are not trying to bag all the Denises.

For me it's an "out the back door and onto the hill" type walk- up through the Mine Woods and on past the reservoir. Now those of you who are stalking me will be aware that I normally have a seat on the dam wall here for a bit of a blaw. Imagine my surprise today (go on, try) when i crested the hill to see this.

My immediate reaction was to rush over and see if it had a brass plate with my name and 1947 - 2011. Fortunately I couldn't find one so icontinued, suitably encouraged.

I was surprised to see no cars parked at the Highlandmans Well, however as I headed up the hill, I could see a couple of cars parked in the remote Forestry Commission carpark on Black Hill. You may remember I passed through this car park a few weeks ago, and facetiously mentioned "Dogging" in the blog post.Well I now get page views via Google searches for porn sites!

I had intended to take the less travelled lower path to avoid the masses, but at the path junction I was considering whether Dilshan would declare at 600 and carried on along the main path. As it happens I saw three people in the 4 hours I was out.

After passing the scree section, I was looking for a path heading off right, and sure enough there was a faint trod in the heather

Not exactly a castle, but the remains of an iron age fort.
The coming of the iron age was a massive engine for social change. Men naturally welcomed the prospect of harder tools and smoother clothes, and it gave women something useful to do between getting the kids off to school and making her man's tea.

Although slightly lower the views from here are actually better than from Dumyat

From the left Ben Ledi Crianlarich Munros and SAC Ben Vorlich

For any rock heads

Must have been noisy in the ice age, with all that scratching and gouging

I'll post a full kit list later


  1. I'd give this Blogging lark up if I was you no one reads them you know !
    cheers Danny

  2. Nothing much changed in the iron age till George Stephenson's invention of the steam iron "rocket" (named after his favourite lettuce-like vegetable). Creases were much sharper after that.
    I preferred the bronze age, actually. All those nice tans.

  3. Thanks Danny. This was always intended to be an exclusive "boutique" style blog, and if I sense the readership is heading towards double figures, I will have to introduce a subscription scheme.
    Yes Mike., the steam iron was a a major breakthrough in the emancipation of women, but the stoking tended to get the clothes covered in coal dust.