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Tuilyies (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Visited today with the Extreme Stonefeelers. Just beyond the end of the lay-by (not the end by the bridge) there is a gap between two bushes and in there the barbed wire ends and there is a bit of a wooden fence that can be climbed over with only a little difficulty. There are some strands of wire through it but not barbed. The wood rails slope a bit and could be slippery but easy enough with a little care and sensible footwear.

Home Farm (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

This pair are hidden from the road by a thick hedge. Heading west on the Solway Coast road (A710) from Dumfries, pass through the hamlet of Mainsriddle. after the bend in the road there, pull into the first lane on the right. There should be enough space to park there. Enter the field across the road by the field gate, turn right and walk up to the opening in the dyke into the next field, turn left and head down towards the sea. The stones should be visible after a few yards. They are about 100 yards apart. The first is a boulder of only a couple of feet in height and the second is a block about three feet high. Not spectacular but not hard to tick off if on your Galloway list. A couple of fields away on the other side of the road there is another stone - Kells farm - not seen it yet.

Home Farm (Standing Stones) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Ernespie Standing Stones — Fieldnotes

If leaving Castle Douglas on the A745 Dalbeatie Road, slow down after passing the last houses and look for a small access road on the left and pull in. this is a field access lane but there is lots of room to park at the start of it without obstructing anything. The stones should be visible across the field ahead. Walk up the lane a fie yards to the gate to the adjacent field. Walk up that one then cross into the stones field at the gate. There is probably closer access from the other side of the field where new houses have been built but this route was easy enough.

Dunamuck (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

Head for the southern pair of stones visible from the lay-by on the main road. At the corner of the field across the little burn and copse of trees there is a short, gated public pathway between the two fields. At the end of this the two standing stones are down on the right. Enter the field on the left by the gate and the cairn is visible. Head for it and to the left among the weeds lie the two large fallen stones.

Dunamuck N (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

Only one of the stones is still standing, one having fallen since the photos here were taken. The remaining upright is visible from the southern pair that can be got to easy enough from the lay-by on the main road. At the end of the field there are two fences, a tricky, boggy ditch and a steep bank to be negotiated. Make sure to take a stick and poke the ground to check how firm it is before attempting to cross the ditch. One wellie boot sunk into the mud though the ground had looked stable. Water got in over the top before it could be extracted. Fortunately spare socks were soon to hand. The experience was nearly repeated on the return as well. Watch out - but worth it.

Barbreck (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

Click on the streetmap link to check out the directions. You will see that the site lies on a semi circular little road with two entry points from the main road. Take the northern entry and drive along towards Barbreck House and park by the buildings at the end of the road. The stones are round the back of the old manor house. We asked a bloke we saw when we parked up if we could go round and have a look and permission was willingly given. Two nice stones but surely in the saddest setting of any. Probably once holding pride of place in the back garden of a grand house they now rub shoulders with abandoned vehicles and every conceivable sort of junk. They really needed that hug.

Dunadd II (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Leave the car park and head back to the road. Enter the field by the bridge by the gate with the sign warning of danger of death - to fly fishers from electric power lines. Head diagonally across this small field to the gate into the next field. Turn right along the inside of the fence and the stone is visible on the ground near the end of the fence. No distance.

Dunadd II (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Upper Fernoch (Tayvallich) (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

A worthwhile stone to visit and a fair bit of an 'extreme stonefeeling' experience to get there. Barnashaig stone can be visited at the same time as they are only a couple of hundred yards apart. We parked on a small grass verge - be careful it's tight - almost opposite the entrance to the track that starts from the road below. It's easy enough getting up the track to the old sheds of Upper Frenoch if a bit muddy and slightly boggy in parts. From the buildings it is a steep uphill climb beside the fence line. There is a bit of a path but obviously no one had been for ages as big ferns obscured everything but keep near the fence and be careful with your footing and you should be fine. Keep following the fence along the top until it stops at a field gate. Turn left when through the gate and strike up to the top of the nearby ridge. To get to Upper Fernoch, descend the few yards to the lower ground in front of you, turn left (south) and skirt round the next ridge for a few steps and the stone should become visible a hundred yards away. To get to Barnashaig from the first ridge, go right (north) along the top for 20 yards or so to its end and the stone should become visible 50 yards-ish away on the lower ground.

Barnashaig (Tayvallich) (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

A truly great stone to visit and a fair bit of an 'extreme stonefeeling' experience to get there. Upper Fernoch stone can be visited at the same time as they are only a couple of hundred yards apart. We parked on a small grass verge - be careful it's tight - almost opposite the entrance to the track that starts from the road below. It's easy enough getting up the track to the old sheds of Upper Frenoch if a bit muddy and slightly boggy in parts. From the buildings it is a steep uphill climb beside the fence line. There is a bit of a path but obviously no one had been for ages as big ferns obscured everything but keep near the fence and be careful with your footing and you should be fine. Keep following the fence along the top until it stops at a field gate. Turn left when through the gate and strike up to the top of the nearby ridge. To get to Upper Fernoch, descend the few yards to the lower ground in front of you, turn left (south) and skirt round the next ridge for a few steps and the stone should become visible a hundred yards away. To get to Barnashaig from the first ridge, go right (north) along the top for 20 yards or so to its end and the stone should become visible 50 yards-ish away on the lower ground.

Torran (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

We could not find anything as good as the photo here. The 9 years since greyweather's visit has seen a moss carpet grow over everything. There were signs of other stone hunters having recently pulled up some moss here and there without success. We did eventually find a patch of rock with about 4 cup marks but only after pulling back quite a large section of moss carpet. We replaced it afterwards of course. This was down on the slope as described - and it is steep and tricky there. We poked about every other rock surface within 50 yards as well to no avail. Good luck.

Ford (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Though the stone is visible up on the rise from the road we found that the easiest way to get to this big fella was to drive on into the hamlet and park legitimately by the bus stop under the hillock with the cist visible on its top - a bonus there - and walk back a couple of hundred yards to the field gate in the field adjacent to the field containing the stone which has another convenient gate just by the stone.

Torran (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

This excellent stone is now being surrounded by new build houses but a path to it has been retained and it has not been incorporated in someone's garden. drive a few yards up the street off the 'main' road and look for the start of the fence in the photo. Park round the corner and the stone should be visible. The cross is on the side facing away from the house and you should be able to get all the way round it at a distance far enough away to take a full height photo. We could anyway.

Kintraw (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Get ready for this one if driving north. The parking place is directly opposite but out of sight just round a bend as the stone comes into sight. So if following a map slow down and start indicating before you get to the bottom of the hill so as not to surprise the inevitable car that will be right behind you - as luck will doubtless have it. The new kissing gate that Greyweather mentions is now old, broken and tied up and largely hidden behind some bushes. Enter via the adjacent field gate. Great site.

Leckuary (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Great stone. You can park on the 'main' road at a field gate opposite the farm lane; there's plenty of space. Stone is visible from the road but you have to cross a couple of easy fields - about 3 gates. Well worth it.

Achnabreck (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

If you drive up to and park at the local cemetery and walk through to the back gate and turn left you will pass Stane Alane. The fallen stone is a hundred yards or so along the path in a field on the left with a pond. Easy to see and photograph from the fence.

Stane Alane (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited September 2013. Drove up the lane and parked at the cemetery. Walked through to the back gate, turned left and the stone was a few yards along. Well looked after by the local groundsman. A further hundred yards or so on the left in a field with a pond is the Achnabreck fallen stone. Easy to photograph from the fence.

Carn Glas (Mains of Kilcoy) (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

We visited the site on 16.09.10. It was certainly at the coordinates given by Greywether and we followed the path on the OS map though there are several others within yards. Still it's hard to square our pics with his and Pigmyshrews. Several intervening years, a different season and some wanton destruction may explain this.

Several large stones around the edge, that from the weathering evident on their tops had once stood for centuries, had been fired and split - possibly only a few weeks before our visit as the smell of burning was still faintly noticeable. A very sad sight indeed so only a few pics of the damage are shown here.

Carn Glas (Mains of Kilcoy) (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Poldean (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

A lone standing stone (approx 4' tall) outside Moffat - 3.5 miles along the B7076 (street name: the Old Carlisle Road). Stone is close to the road in field opposite Poldean farm.

Dyke (Stone Row / Alignment) — Links

Hard Rock and Standing Stones


Pics of Moffat (Dyke) stone row

Dyke (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

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Dyke (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

As you can see from the pics these are right beside the road (A701) between the M74 junction and the village. They are marked on the OS map. You can legitimately park by the fence at the entrance of the small road 175 yards before and on the opposite side of the road from the stones. From there you can walk along the pavement and across to the stones. In summer long grass can partially obscure the stones - see pics.

Elva Plain (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Elva Plain

Greycroft Stone Circle — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Greycroft circle

Castlerigg (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Castlerigg circle

Lacra (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of the Larca circles

Sunkenkirk (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Sunkenkirk (Swinside) circle

The Druid's Circle of Ulverston (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Ulverston (Birkrigg) circle

The Goggleby Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of the Goggleby stone and others around Shap

The Shap Avenues (Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of stones etc around Shap

Blakeley Raise (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Blakeley Raise circle

Little Meg (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Little Meg stone circle

Gamelands Stone Circle — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Gamelands stone circle

Long Meg & Her Daughters (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Long Meg & her daughters

Cumbria — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of stone circles, henges & standing stones in Cumbria

Carlin Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of the Carlin stone plus Back of Drachlaw stone circle

Balquhain (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of Balquain stone circle plus Inverurie & Dimmies stones.

Brandsbutt (Stone Circle) — Links

Extreme Stonefeelers' World of Hard Rock & Standing Stones


Pics of the Brandsbutt/Kemnay/Picardy/Dyce stones
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