Tap o' Noth Hill-Fort, by Rhynie

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There is additional information about the hill-fort (on the summit of the hill) at the car park, which makes interesting reading. Built by the Northern Picts between 1000BC and 1000AD, the impressive hill-fort of Tap o'Noth is the second highest site in Scotland. This typical construction of an elevated inland settlement surrounded by a strong wall clearly provided a distinct strategic advantage in unsettled times. A feature of this fort is the vitrified or heat-fused stonework. Archaeologists know that this was caused by exposure to incredibly high temperatures, originally interpreting it as a result of enemy fire. However, recent evidence suggests a more methodical approach, possibly for the purpose of strengthening the walls.

The walk to the top is quite a steep climb but when you reach the top there are spectacular views. To reach the top you pass through farmland up into a narrow path that opens out onto a well-made track. Often seen are buzzards, skylarks and deer and plenty of seasonal wild plants and flowers. The hill-fort itself is well worth exploring before you retrace your footsteps down the hill.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Grampians


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Wildlife