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Broubster Visit - 26 August 2000

The visit to Broubster and surrounding area was a very interesting and enjoyable day.  Leaving Wick and meeting up in Thurso before proceeding out to Broubster.  The day started very overcast but to everyone's surprise stayed dry and even had the odd ray of sunshine.

Geoff Leet led the group on a tour of the old village, Stone Circle, Kiln, Sheep Pen, Old Farm steadings (Gordon Wilson pointing out the signs in a wall of an old animal driven mill).  The site of an old click mill was observed near the stream and many other features were pointed out over the day.  Winnowing Doors were also found in the old buildings.  These were used to allow the chaff to blow out from grain before being stored.

Also pointed out was a "Cupstone" reckoned to be about 2500 BC.  This one had five cups in it.  The use and exact origin is unknown.  It was surprising to find out that the last inhabitants left only in the 1960's.  It looked much longer.  The decay proceeds fast when a place is abandoned.

Much of the visit was on the Shurrery Estate and as the shooting season is on anyone visiting should contact the estate in advance.  See the notice below for details.

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Estate Notice
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Cupstone - knife for scale
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One of many discussions   
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The Stone Circle
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Checking it out.
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Flag row on Roof
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Most Complete Roof
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Old Field Walls
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Sheep Pen Intact
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Small Recesses
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Near the Mill for Lunch