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TITLE
A man standing by a group of cairns
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0176
PLACENAME
unidentified
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
9678
KEYWORDS
stones
markers
hills
mountains
hill walking
paths
A man standing by a group of cairns

Stone cairns are a common sight on many Scottish mountains. Most hills have a large cairn marking the summit - some hill walkers will carry a stone from the bottom to add to the summit cairn as a way of marking their ascent. Many hills have smaller cairns on them as waymarkers. Some of these markers were placed over 100 years ago to mark ways for people working in the hills and some are more recent and mark popular 'tourist' routes up the hills. The value of these waymarker cairns is often debated within the climbing community. While some people feel that cairns offer added safety for new or inexperienced walkers others feel that they are unnecessary and lull walkers into a false sense of security about their ability to reach the summit.

M.E.M. Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.

Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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A man standing by a group of cairns

20c

stones; markers; hills; mountains; hill walking; paths

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

Stone cairns are a common sight on many Scottish mountains. Most hills have a large cairn marking the summit - some hill walkers will carry a stone from the bottom to add to the summit cairn as a way of marking their ascent. Many hills have smaller cairns on them as waymarkers. Some of these markers were placed over 100 years ago to mark ways for people working in the hills and some are more recent and mark popular 'tourist' routes up the hills. The value of these waymarker cairns is often debated within the climbing community. While some people feel that cairns offer added safety for new or inexperienced walkers others feel that they are unnecessary and lull walkers into a false sense of security about their ability to reach the summit.<br /> <br /> M.E.M. Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.<br /> <br /> Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.<br />