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Cauldside Burn Stone Setting — Fieldnotes

Visited 05.11.18

While visiting the Cauldside Burn Cairn North (Canmore ID 63692) I tried to find the Stone Setting. When GPS failed I tried a 30 yards by 30 yards grid search S of the Cauldside Burn Cairn North but found no stones of any size.
I think the pictures already submitted here depict the Cauldside Burn Cairn North and the Cauldside Stone Circle, respectively.
For a more detailed description of the Cauldside Burn Stone Setting see Canmore ID 63682.

Boreland (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

The Boreland Stones can easily be visited along with the two nearby cairns. Visit the Boreland cairn first then follow the directions for the White Cairn, Boreland. This will take you directly past the Boreland Stones. Three sites for the price of one!

Machermore (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Machermore (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

Visited 14.10.18
The Machermore cairn should be called Culroy Cairn as it is on Culroy farmland. A Canmore search for Culroy will find these cairns.
The cairn is almost perfectly preserved except for some exposed stones on the E flank. It's location in a flat field elevates this cairn into my top 10.
I found the cairn to the E, however it is covered by whins and in poor condition.
Culroy White Cairn lies 50 yards of the Y junction at Culroy farm around 1/2 mile up the road.
I have plans to revisit to sort out the remaining cairns. Canmore's 1911 visit seems to have been over enthusiastic in it's cairn nominations.

White Cairn, Culroy (Cairn(s)) — Images

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White Cairn, Culroy (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 14.10.18
Turn onto the A747 Port William road from the A75 at Glenluce. Take the first L for Whitefield Loch after around 1.5 miles. This is a narrow lane with few passing places! Continue past the loch until you reach a Y junction at Culroy farm after around 2 miles. The White Cairn lies 50 yards N of the Y junction, in the moorland. Retrace you route to return as this is a dead end.

I expected to see a gleaming white cairn from a distance. The reality was somewhat different. I found the cairn more by GPS than sight.
The cairn is constructed of white stones however it is hidden under vegetation and the centre has been robbed out. A horseshoe wall structure is all that remains.

"A large cairn, which, at the date of visit, was being broken up for road metal. One half had already been removed and the remainder lay ready for removal. It was about 45' in diameter and no cist was exposed."
RCAHMS 1912, visited 1911

The quote is an extract from Canmore ID 62210 explaining the sad demise of this cairn.

The Grey Man (Natural Rock Feature) — Fieldnotes

Visited 16.05.15.
The Grey Man lives at NX 436 845, in the middle of nowhere. To find him requires good map and compass work or a GPS.
I followed the Loch Valley Route. Avoid the first Merrick path, continue down the road, cross a bridge and bear left at the Loch Valley sign. The path was defined but boggy in places, continuing upwards towards Loch Valley, then Loch Neldricken. From here head N over boggy ground towards the small Loch Arrow. Continue N to climb Craig Neldricken. Loch Enoch lies straight ahead, a substantial body of water. When you reach the loch head turn L round the shore. Look out for a valley between two rigs, heading SW. Hug the R side of the valley until you emerge into the expansive Rig of the Gloon. The Grey Man should be on your R, silhouetted on Benyallery.
I retraced my steps to return, however it is possible to head for the summit of The Merrick and return by the Benyallery and Culsharg Bothy route given a long day and plenty of energy.

The Grey Man (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Mid Gleniron III (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Mid Gleniron I and II (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Mid Gleniron I and II (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

Visited 04.10.18

Following in GLADMAN's footsteps there were two coincidences. I ran into a friendly farmer but forgot to ask his name. He was relaxed about me visiting the cairns. Secondly I also had "bovine bovver". Mid Gleniron I & II are in the same field 100 yards apart. Mid Gleniron II is close to the dyke but Mid Gleniron I is in the middle of the field. Mid Gleniron I was surrounded by a large bull and beef cattle. I have visited it before so I reluctantly decided to miss it out this time. However Mid Gleniron II was close to the dyke so I explored it instead. It has been extensively robbed out but I did discover a Bullean stone near the top of the cairn as a bonus.
Canmore ID 61594 gives an interesting overview of Mid Gleniron I's evolution through time. Canmore ID 61608 tells the sad tale of Mid Gleniron II's decline.

Beinn Ghott Cairn (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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Beinn Ghott Cairn (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Visited 29.08.18

Parking is available in a large roadside lay-by 500m from Dun Beinn Ghott on the way from Gott to Scarinish. Head for the old military building then veer left to the summit of the dun. Looking S from the summit a medium sized stone can be seen in the field 100m away.
On approach I found a round cairn 5m across, 1m high with a prominent Kerb Stone.
There was another cairn 50m further S however I thought that this was a natural cairn.

White Cairn, Boreland (Cairn(s)) — Images

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White Cairn, Boreland (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 15.09.18

See Boreland for directions to Car Park NX 3575 5797. Drive on the B7052 Sorbie for 50 yards, turn R onto a single track road. After approximately half a mile, park in a gateway on the R from which the Boreland Standing Stones can be seen, 150 yards to the N.
The cairn can easily be visited after Boreland Standing Stones. The White Cairn, Boreland lies in a concealed hollow 200 yards N of the two stones.
The cairn is around 30m across by 2m high. The cairn's earth bank is well preserved in places however the summit plateau has many scattered stones.

Whirlpool (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Rispain Camp (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Whitefield Loch (Crannog) — Images

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Whitefield Loch (Crannog) — Fieldnotes

Visited 29.09.18
There are no less than 5 crannogs listed for Whitefield loch on Canmore. The only crannog surveyed since 1976 is Dorman's Island which yielded evidence of occupation in 2003 & 2006 archaeological excavations (Canmore ID 62160).
The overgrown island is in the right location and the right size for this crannog, however I didn't find the causeway. The water's edge had a blue green algae and I didn't want to get too close.

Carlin Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Carlin Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 22.09.18

See the Loch Head Fieldnotes on how to get to Loch Elrig car park. It makes sense to visit Carlin Stone and Loch Head together since they are 500m apart and share the same car park.
The Carlin Stone is near the dry stane dyke in the field opposite the car park. Walk around 200m NW along the road looking N across the field to see the stone. You can walk around the perimeter of the field to access the Carlin Stone. It is around 1.5m high and pointed.

Loch Head (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Loch Head (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 22.09.18

Loch Head is a small hamlet around a crossroads. The easiest way to get there is to take the Elrig turn off the A747 1 mile W of Port William. This is a sharp turn onto a narrow road. Continue through Elrig and you will glimpse a loch on your R. This is Loch Elrig. As you reach the crossroads the cairn is on the R opposite the first house in Loch Head. Parking is available if you turn right at the crossroads, travel around 100 m to a large car park on the L for Loch Elrig.
The cairn is around 10m across by 1.5m high. There are some scattered stones remaining in the circle.
Carlin Stone is 500m N of the cairn and can be accessed from your current car park.

Drummore (Stone Circle) — Images

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Drummore (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Visited 14.04.12

Given the size of the remaining stones and the views from the stones it's possible to imagine this site as a sacred place for an ancient farming community, built using readily available stones.

I am planning to visit Drummore Castle hillfort soon so I shall take the opportunity to revisit Drummore to test this theory.

Cairnsmore of Fleet (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Cairnsmore of Fleet (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 16.05.09

"Billy Marshall's Cave is situated at NX494679, approximately 900 metres north west of the summit. Again this cave is worth a visit, but difficult to find. Fortunately a rock above the cave has an iron bar protruding from it - thus helping to identify its location."
The above quote is from Newton Stewart WalkFest.
It is more of a rock recess than a cave lying 2 metres below the slope and extending for around 10 metres. There is not much room for Billy Marshall's Band of Gypsies.

Acharra (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Acharra (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 01/12/13

The stone was not easy to spot from the N.
I was in the field before I saw my target.
It's a handsome stone for a short walk so why not visit if you are in the area?

Brighouse Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Whirlpool (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Whirlpool (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 02.10.18
I was visiting Cairngarroch Bay nearby so I decided to revisit Whirlpool Stone. As indicated by my 2012 pictures, it is still in a recumbent position.
To find this stone follow the following directions.

From Stranraer follow the A716 Drummore for 6.5 miles until you reach Sandhead. Turn onto the sign posted B7042 Portpatrick road for 0.3 miles. Turn L onto the unsigned road at the end of the wood. Follow this road for 1.4 miles until you pass Auchentibbert Cottage on your R, then turn L after 100 yards. Stay on this narrow lane for 0.7 miles observing the 3 wind turbines on Whirlpool Farm on the R. You can park at a double gate at the base of a hill. The Whirlpool Stone lies 300 yards up the hill in the field to the L.

Boreland (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Boreland (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

15.09.18

There is a parking space at NX 3575 5797, where the B7052 signposted for Sorbie turns off the B733 Kircowan to Wigtown road. The Boreland Cairn is on the R hand side 50m before the junction. There is a gate 200m along the road avoiding an electric fence. The cairn is evident in an otherwise flat field.
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