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|Description ||R of cottage, Wideford Hill in background
Passing the Scapa Distillery turnoff heading out toward Orphir you can't miss this site immediately to your right behind the small wooden cottage whose name I have given it. Originally I thought this long mound to be the furthest settlement associated with the Broch of Lingro.For most of its length it stands a couple of metres high, the road has practically sliced through one end but there doesn't seem to be a continuance on the Lingro side. It is only from the cemetery road that you can properly conceive its length. In earlier times it would have dominated this end of the Scapa valley, both from the same level and looking down from above. There was always a suspicion on my part that it might turn out to be purely natural. Then came the view from the cemetery road of hills curving round most sides and then down on what should be a fairly flat valley bottom this sticks out like a giant prostrate thumb. I imagine this would date before the Iron Age, perhaps modified natural rather than purely man-made.
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