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82 Balloch or Corriemore Quarry
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82 Balloch or Corriemore Quarry

Balloch (Corriemore ), Quarry

If you follow the road from the head of Glenbuchat round to Glen Nochty you will pass the ruin of the Balloch School. Just after that on the left is a old stone quarry and a track up the hill. If you take that track and just after it turns sharply to the left you explore the trees up the hill you will come across the remains of the Balloch or Corriemore Quarry.

You will note on the 1850’s map it is called the Bealach Quarry. Bealach is a gaelic term meaning a pass between two mountains. Presumably Bealach became corrupted to Balloch.

Corriemore (Coire mbr) meaning in galeic " big corrie." Again if you look at the map you will see the cottage of Corriemore near the quarry. The remains are still visible as noted below.

See the picture of the quarry in 1983 and more information about it

And another picture of the Quarry today hidden in the forestry planting.

From The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

This disused quarry is situated at the foot of Ladylea Hill, on steep, W-facing ground immediately below and to the W of the abandoned farmstead of Corriemore (NJ31NW 8). The quarry is first depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1869, sheets l and lx), but it appears to have been abandoned before the end of the 19th century. On the 2nd edition of the map (1903, sheets l and lx) it is depicted but not annotated. In recent years the quarry has been reworked, probably to provide material for the tracks which service the forestry plantation covering most of the NW flank of Ladylea Hill.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS), 31 March 1998.

Baloch Quarry
Alternative Names Corriemore; Bealach Quarry;

There are several disused quarries near a small school [NJ31NW 79] 3 miles NW of Glenbuchat. The stone varies from a medium-grained grey type to a fine, hard, somewhat less pure type. An analysis is not available, but taken as a whole, the stone is of moderate purity...
Farther east another band is exposed in a large opening termed the Bealach Quarry. This working is, however, much less accessible than those at the roadside as it les 200ft up a rough hillside.
T Robertson, J B Simpson and G C Anderson 1949.

Balloch Quarry is a large, disused limestone quarry situated on the lower slopes of the NW flank of Ladylea Hill, an area now largely given over to forestry. The quarry is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire 1869, sheet lx), when a system of tracks linked the workings with the track along the bottom of the valley. By the end of the 19th century the quarry had been abandoned and it is annotated disused on the 2nd edition of the map (1903, sheet lx).
Information from RCAHMS (JRS), 8 November 1999.
T Robertson, J B Simpson and G C Anderson 1949.

The remains of a small farmstead and enclosure have been noted on a W-facing slope in an area of rough grazing at an altitude of about 435m OD.
The following site has been identified while checking maps held by Grampian Regional Council. Full information is held in GRC SMR.
NJ 337 176. Remains of a small farmstead.
Sponsor: Grampian Regional Council.
M Greig 1995.

Corriemore is depicted as roofed on both the 1st and 2nd editions of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1869 and 1903, sheet lx), but it has since been reduced to footings in a clearing in a conifer plantation. The cottage measures 13.2m from NNW to SSE by 5.4m transversely over walls 0.6m in thickness and 0.9m in height at the SSE end. There is an entrance central to the WSW side and an outshot 4.1m long at the NNW end. An enclosure adjacent to the cottage on the SW is obscured by dense trees.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS), 31 March 1998.

Corriemore, Limekiln

The remains of this limekiln are situated at the base of a steep W-facing slope about 430m SSW of the ruined farmstead of Corriemore (NJ31NW 8). The kiln has been planted with trees and measures about 6.5m in external diameter. The face of the bowl is largely obscured by grass-grown tumble but appears to measure between 3m and 3.5m in diameter.
The kiln is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1869, sheet lx) and a track is shown linking the kiln to the limestone quarry NJ31NW 39 on the hillside above.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, PC), 9 September 1997.

Picture added on 01 September 2010 at 20:54
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