Geo-Trips :: Finding Ruins and Abandoned Houses near the Burn of Edinglassie

Edinglassie

A walk from Edinglassie Mains, Fri, 3 Apr 2009 by Anne Burgess

After pausing for a few shots around Drummuir, I drove over the hill to Glass and left the car, with permission, at Mains of Edinglassie. I then walked up the track above the right bank of the burn, crossed the head of the glen and walked back above the left bank. It was a glorious day, and the walk was memorable for the astonishing number of former farms and crofts, no longer inhabited, that I came across. I finished the day with a few more shots from teh road in Glenmarkie.

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NJ4239 : Invermarkie Mill by Anne Burgess
Invermarkie Mill
The 16th century mill has been restored and a wine retail business was operating... more

NJ4239 : Lungwort (Pulmonaria) by Anne Burgess
Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
I suspect this may be a garden escape rather than the wild variety P officinalis,... more

NJ4239 : Cottages at Glass by Anne Burgess
Cottages at Glass
Traditional stone cottages line the road west of the bridge.

NJ4238 : Edinglassie Mains by Anne Burgess
Edinglassie Mains
Viewed from the road bridge over the Burn of Edinglassie.

NJ4238 : Edinglassie Mains by Anne Burgess
Edinglassie Mains
A traditional stone farm steading, well maintained and in regular use.

NJ4238 : Lowrie and Hill of Dumeath by Anne Burgess
Lowrie and Hill of Dumeath
Morning haze over Lowrie, which stands on the lower slopes of the Hill of Dumeath.

NJ4138 : Bonfail from near Lowrie by Anne Burgess
Bonfail from near Lowrie
Looking across the glen where the Burn of Edinglassie flows.

NJ4138 : Steading at Townhead by Anne Burgess
Steading at Townhead
Townhead is abandoned, but it looks as if the steading is still in use. Bonfail,... more

NJ4138 : Townhead by Anne Burgess
Townhead
At some time the old house at Townhead has been re-roofed with corrugated iron.... more

NJ4138 : Townhead by Anne Burgess
Townhead
The buildings at Townhead, beside the south Glen Beg road.

NJ4138 : Bonfail from above Townhead by Anne Burgess
Bonfail from above Townhead
Even at this distance, it can be seen that Bonfail is no longer inhabited. It... more

NJ4138 : Glenbeg and Tom Mòr by Anne Burgess
Glenbeg and Tom Mòr
Like its neighbour Bonfail, Glenbeg is abandoned. Tom Mòr, which is Gaelic... more

NJ4138 : Glenbeg and Tom Mòr by Anne Burgess
Glenbeg and Tom Mòr
The line of the forest fence once continued up the brae opposite to the farm of... more

NJ4137 : Hill of Dumeath by Anne Burgess
Hill of Dumeath
The trees are on the north-western slopes of the Hill of Dumeath. The white heaps... more

NJ4037 : Greens of Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Greens of Glenbeg
These are just two of several farms or crofts which once existed at the head of... more

NJ4037 : Greens of Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Greens of Glenbeg
Despite recent dry weather, the track to Greens of Glenbeg is under water in... more

NJ4037 : Looking towards Gallows Hill by Anne Burgess
Looking towards Gallows Hill
All the foreground, down as far as the burn in the bottom of this shallow bowl, is... more

NJ4036 : Chapelhill by Anne Burgess
Chapelhill
Outbuildings at Chapelhill. The building on the left was probably a mill; the... more

NJ4036 : Chapelhill by Anne Burgess
Chapelhill
An abandoned cottage at Chapelhill. This was one of several houses nearby - the... more

NJ4036 : Gallows Hill from Chapelhill by Anne Burgess
Gallows Hill from Chapelhill
Looking down what would have been the cultivated land when Chapelhill supported a... more

NJ4036 : Chapelhill by Anne Burgess
Chapelhill
The track past the rear of this cottage at Chapelhill is almost unrecognisable -... more

NJ4036 : Timberford by Anne Burgess
Timberford
All that remains of Timberford is the foundations, to the left of the clump of... more

NJ4036 : Nameless Ruin by Anne Burgess
Nameless Ruin
In the foreground are the remains of a cottage, which is marked but not named on... more

NJ4037 : Chapelhill by Anne Burgess
Chapelhill
The foreground cottage is on Chapel Hill, in the parish of Glas, and Greens of... more

NJ4037 : Cottage on Chapel Hill by Anne Burgess
Cottage on Chapel Hill
This cottage, though abandoned, seems still to be in reasonable condition. It has... more

NJ4037 : Cottage at Chapelhill by Anne Burgess
Cottage at Chapelhill
Unusually, this cottage has an almost completely blank wall at the rear - only a... more

NJ4037 : Greens of Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Greens of Glenbeg
The clump of trees just beyond the gate marks the foundations of buildings,... more

NJ4037 : Cottage at Greens of Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Cottage at Greens of Glenbeg
This cottage probably housed one of the four households at Greens of Glenbeg in... more

NJ4037 : Greens of Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Greens of Glenbeg
This looks as if it was the largest, and the longest-surviving, of the farms and... more

NJ4037 : House at Greens of Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
House at Greens of Glenbeg
This traditional stone house, like all its neighbours, is abandoned to the wind... more

NJ3937 : On the Plateau Above Glen Beg by Anne Burgess
On the Plateau Above Glen Beg
This plateau is the high point of the land between Glen Beg and Glen Markie. An... more

NJ3937 : Whitehillock by Anne Burgess
Whitehillock
An isolated clump of a few mature trees almost always reveals the presence of a... more

NJ3937 : The Road to Glen Markie by Anne Burgess
The Road to Glen Markie
This road descends towards Glen Markie, which is mostly out of sight from here. In... more

NJ4037 : Old Field Wall above Greens of Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Old Field Wall above Greens of Glenbeg
The 1:25,000 map shows several field boundaries above Greens of Glenbeg. The gates... more

NJ4038 : Approaching Tom Mòr by Anne Burgess
Approaching Tom Mòr
Tom is a Gaelic word meabing a knoll or low rounded hill, and this one fits... more

NJ4038 : Summit Cairn? by Anne Burgess
Summit Cairn?
This looks like the summit cairn on Tom Mòr, but the tump on the skyline is... more

NJ4038 : The Tom Mòr Mob by Anne Burgess
The Tom Mòr Mob
As I ascended and descended Tom Mor, I was the object of intense interest to the... more

NJ4038 : Descending Tom Mòr by Anne Burgess
Descending Tom Mòr
Making for Glenbeg, which is in the middle distance, with my accompanying mob of... more

NJ4038 : The Steading at Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
The Steading at Glenbeg
Glenbeg must have been a sizeable farm, because it has extensive outbuildings... more

NJ4138 : Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Glenbeg
The house at Glenbeg stands below several outbuildings.

NJ4138 : House at Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
House at Glenbeg
The occupants here had a magnificent view. I hope they had time to enjoy it! The... more

NJ4138 : Fireplace at Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Fireplace at Glenbeg
The door was unlocked, the windows glassless, and the whole house full of pigeon... more

NJ4138 : Detail of Tile at Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Detail of Tile at Glenbeg
This is part of [[[1233835]]].

NJ4137 : Dumeath Hill from Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Dumeath Hill from Glenbeg
The view from the parlour window at Glenbeg towards the Hill of Dumeath.

NJ4137 : Hill of Dumeath by Anne Burgess
Hill of Dumeath
In the foreground are the remains of the field boundary which continues the line... more

NJ4138 : Townhead from Glenbeg by Anne Burgess
Townhead from Glenbeg
In the foreground are incised meanders carved in the glacial till by the Burn of... more

NJ4138 : Approaching Bonfail by Anne Burgess
Approaching Bonfail
Wet ruts make the approach to Bonfail awkward, in spite of recent dry weather,

NJ4138 : Mill Lade at Bonfail by Anne Burgess
Mill Lade at Bonfail
This channel along the wall of the building at Bonfail leads to a pit which looks... more

NJ4138 : House at Bonfail by Anne Burgess
House at Bonfail
The porch is unusual because the granite blocks have been shaped to give it... more

NJ4138 : Boanfail by Anne Burgess
Boanfail
The maps now name this farm as Bonfail, but in the 1881 census it was spelled... more

NJ4138 : Bonfail by Anne Burgess
Bonfail
This is the approach to Bonfail from Edinglassie at the foot of the glen. The... more

NJ4138 : Gallow Hill by Anne Burgess
Gallow Hill
This Gallow Hill is the one to the north of Edinglassie Mains, not to be confused... more

NJ4138 : A Gey Stony Pairk by Anne Burgess
A Gey Stony Pairk
The Scots word 'gey' means 'very' and a 'pairk' is a field or paddock. This one... more

NJ4238 : Byre at Edinglassie Mains by Anne Burgess
Byre at Edinglassie Mains
The byre houses a herd of cattle, which will no doubt be soon moved out into the... more

NJ4238 : Byre at Mains of Edinglassie by Anne Burgess
Byre at Mains of Edinglassie
This is one of two large byres not marked on the maps as yet. It houses a herd of... more

NJ4238 : Mains of Edinglassie by Anne Burgess
Mains of Edinglassie
Cattle and chickens range free in the farmyard at Edinglassie Mains.

NJ4239 : Glass War Memorial by Anne Burgess
Glass War Memorial
The war memorial stands at the crossroads by the bridge over the Markie Water.

NJ4239 : War Memorial at Glass by Anne Burgess
War Memorial at Glass
As well as the names of parishioners who fell in the First World War, the memorial... more

NJ4339 : Glass Kirk and Manse by Anne Burgess
Glass Kirk and Manse
The manse stands below the kirkyard, partly obscuring the view of the kirk from... more

NJ4439 : River Deveron by Anne Burgess
River Deveron
Looking downstream from Aswanley Bridge.

NJ4439 : Aswanley by Anne Burgess
Aswanley
The house of Aswanley is on the right bank of the River Deveron, seen here from... more

NJ4339 : Glass Parish Kirk by Anne Burgess
Glass Parish Kirk
This kirk is a bit of a puzzle. Ian Shepherd, in 'Aberdeenshire: Donside and... more

NJ4339 : Manse of Glass by Anne Burgess
Manse of Glass
The manse dates from 1772. It was a boarding house for pupils attending Blairmore... more

NJ4339 : Parish Kirk of Glass by Anne Burgess
Parish Kirk of Glass
The dedication of the kirk, now disused, was to St Andrew. It superseded the... more

NJ4339 : Glass Manse by Anne Burgess
Glass Manse
The front of the manse, which was built in 1772. The notice on the gate is a... more

NJ4339 : River Deveron at Blairmore by Anne Burgess
River Deveron at Blairmore
The Deveron meanders along the flat strath here. The hill above is the Daugh of Aswanley.

NJ4239 : River Deveron near Blairmore by Anne Burgess
River Deveron near Blairmore
The road is very close to this meander of the Deveron. In the background is the... more

NJ3938 : Wester Braetown by Anne Burgess
Wester Braetown
This is the end of the public road. A ford, shown on the maps, has been bypassed... more

NJ3938 : Easter Braetown by Anne Burgess
Easter Braetown
Easter Braetown stands high above the Water of Markie, a fine situation in good... more

NJ4039 : Markie Water by Anne Burgess
Markie Water
The burn meanders across the narrow strip of flat land at the bottom of the... more

NJ4038 : Tom Mòr by Anne Burgess
Tom Mòr
The heather-clad north-west slope of Tom Mòr rises above the Markie Water.

NJ4039 : Markie Water by Anne Burgess
Markie Water
Then strath broadens out from here. the escarpment on the far side of the burn... more

NJ4039 : Auldyne or Oldyne by Anne Burgess
Auldyne or Oldyne
Auldyne consists of several houses, a little above the floor of Glen Markie. There... more

NJ4039 : Looking towards Quarryhead by Anne Burgess
Looking towards Quarryhead
The foreground fields are at Auldyne, and are in square. Quarryhead, in the middle... more

NJ4139 : Lettach by Anne Burgess
Lettach
The road isn't the access to the farm above this gate - Lettach is reached by a... more

NJ4139 : Pond in Glen Markie by Anne Burgess
Pond in Glen Markie
This pond is artificial, and too new to appear on the maps as yet. It is popular... more

NJ4139 : Log Pile by Anne Burgess
Log Pile
This pile of logs is in a field some distance from any woodland or forest, and... more

NJ4139 : Market Hill and Markie Water by Anne Burgess
Market Hill and Markie Water
The glen narrows again downstream of Glenburn, hemmed in between Market Hill and... more

NJ4239 : Invermarkie Mill by Anne Burgess
Invermarkie Mill
The 16th century mill has been restored and a wine retail business was operating... more

NJ4237 : Walla Kirk by Anne Burgess
Walla Kirk
The curious name comes from the dedication to St Walloch. There has been a church... more

NJ4237 : Walla Kirk by Anne Burgess
Walla Kirk
The curious name comes from the dedication to St Walloch. There has been a church... more

NJ4237 : Walla Kirk by Anne Burgess
Walla Kirk
Walla Kirk is right on the bank of the River deveron. Access is by the grassy... more

NJ4236 : Beldorney Castle by Anne Burgess
Beldorney Castle
Best seen in winter when the leafless trees allow a view from the public road,... more

NJ4239 : Invermarkie by Anne Burgess
Invermarkie
These roofless gables with pigeon holes and ball finials, and a barely supported... more

NJ4239 : Invermarkie by Anne Burgess
Invermarkie
Perhaps less picturesque than [[[1235693]]], but the view from the road above... more

NJ3944 : Croft near Broomhill by Anne Burgess
Croft near Broomhill
The croft probably has a name, but it isn't named on modern maps. The forest... more

NJ3944 : Newburgh by Anne Burgess
Newburgh
Seen from the B9115. This looks like a relatively modern cottage.

NJ3944 : Greens of Woodend by Anne Burgess
Greens of Woodend
The house is set back from the road, sheltered by the woods on Ten Rood Hill... more

NJ3945 : Keith to Dufftown Railway Line by Anne Burgess
Keith to Dufftown Railway Line
Looking towards Keith from the former halt at Towiemore. I am surprised that in... more

NJ3945 : LH Stainless Process Engineering by Anne Burgess
LH Stainless Process Engineering
The name on the building doesn't reveal a lot, but the company makes equipment for... more

NJ3845 : Mains of Towiebeg by Anne Burgess
Mains of Towiebeg
A large farm with a motley collection of roof styles. Ten Rood Hill is in the background.

NJ3746 : How to have fun with a lawn-mower by Anne Burgess
How to have fun with a lawn-mower
These tracks through the heather are made with a special heavy-duty mower with a... more

NJ3747 : Broadrashes and Drywells by Anne Burgess
Broadrashes and Drywells
The newish corrugated roofs on these two long-empty cottages stand out bright... more

NJ3755 : Stripes in the Field by Anne Burgess
Stripes in the Field
The green stripe is untouched neeps, separated by an inconspicuous electric from... more

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