The Barmkyn

(The Barmkyn of North Keig)

The Barmkyn of North Keig is a fine example of a bi-vallate hill-fort situated on the summit of the Hill of Airlie, some 1¼ miles (2 km) northwest of Castle Forbes and a similar distance east of Redhouse in Central Aberdeenshire. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument situated within dense forest, which extends up to the thick outer walls of the fort. This wall is 8m / 26 feet wide by 1m / 3.2 feet in height and occasional stones can be observed on the inner and outer faces. The interior space is 45m / 148 feet in diameter and rises to a low summit which appears to have originally been enclosed by a now heavily robbed-out wall. The entrance lies to the southeast and the fort contains a low cairn. The University of Aberdeen excavated the fort over a five-day period in 2017.

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