Crathes Castle in 8,000 BC
Every now and then, when you're riding in the Cairngorms, you come across a hill fort or stone circle and they really have that old as the hills air about them. They feel, well, ancient. These are human marks on the landscape from just after the last ice-age when that very landscape itself was formed.
James Crawford's book and BBC series, Scotland from the Air, refers to aerial photographs from Crathes Castle that identified the site of an ancient great hall and a line of circular pits created 10,000 years ago, and maintained for 4,000 years. It struck me that Crathes has been a significant site for kings and lords not only since 1533, when the current castle was built, but for millennia.
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