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Jings, just realised TMA also has discussion threads. However, since there's little traffic on this page, I'm diverting a 4-year-old query to the frontpage here. :-)

One user makes a query about the "Clinkin Stane", which apparently they've read you can hear the sound of from Cairnpapple.


Look to the SE and find the Drumcross Road (still signed by the modern council as such - road fae Bathgate through the Hills going east). SE of CP on the Drumcross Road, you'll find (cf. first edition OS maps) a row of cottages called Clinking Stone Cottages. The ruined foundations of these are still visible, on a rise before the dip before Puirwife's Brae, on the right-hand-side, going east (Bathgate-Uphall/Broxburn direction). The Clinkan Stane itself was removed by a (?Late) Victorian farmer and is no longer extant.

However, there are Victorian accounts of it, and even a bad local poem on the subject (cf. my -> "anthology").

We can only lament this stone's passing and presume it to have been of the order of the extant ringing-rock types found from Iona to Kilmartin Glen to Ilkley Moor.

Damn those Victorian farmers!!!
Posted by suibhne
19th June 2006ce
Edited 20th June 2006ce

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