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Stane Park

Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Stane Park</b>Posted by billhumeImage © Bill Hume 2008
Nearest Town:Irvine (4km W)
OS Ref (GB):   NS359364 / Sheet: 70
Latitude:55° 35' 36.23" N
Longitude:   4° 36' 16.09" W

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This massive stone - 2.6m high and about 4m circumference at the base - sits close to the River Irvine.

Not the most attractive standing stone I've seen!

Visited 19 November 2004
greywether Posted by greywether
20th November 2004ce

This is one of the very few ancient sites of interest in Ayrshire.
Having been born and raised in this area I have always wondered why there is such a lack of ancient sites in this county, afterall, its low lying plains are extremley rich and fertile, and to this day it is one of Scotland's most arable counties, and bounded by the Firth of Clyde to the west, where there are a multitude of estuaries rich in shellfish and widfowl, it would have been a heaven to our ancestors.

A clue to this conundrum may lie a few Kms southish of the Stane Park monolith in the shape of Dundonald hill, with the tower of Royal Dundonald Castle commanding the local countryside on top.
Recent excavations at this site have shown that this fortress was an important power base, with almost constant usage going back to the stone age.

Could it be that as ecological conditions remained suitable for our ancestors to thrive in this area that the ancient monuments were not abandoned as else where but underwent a succession of changes on the same site and to this day lie waiting to be discovered
beneath the forts and farms of Ayrshire?
follow that cow Posted by follow that cow
4th August 2004ce
Edited 21st April 2005ce

From Irvine follow the B7081 to Dreghorn. At the cross (traffic lights) turn right and follow the road B730 about 2Kms to Drybridge. Turn right in the village and the Stone is in the farmers field on your left hand side.

It stands alone in the area, at 9-10 ft tall and is very chunky, almost square.
follow that cow Posted by follow that cow
4th August 2004ce
Edited 21st April 2005ce


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Oldest continuous inhabited village nearby.

Brief summary of archaeological finds at Dreghorn, a village only a mile from Stanepark.
follow that cow Posted by follow that cow
12th January 2005ce
Edited 21st April 2005ce