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White Cairn, West Skelston


<b>White Cairn, West Skelston</b>Posted by markj99Image © markj99
Nearest Town:Dumfries (17km ESE)
OS Ref (GB):   NX82358551 / Sheet: 78
Latitude:55° 8' 59.34" N
Longitude:   3° 50' 46.9" W

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Visited 28.08.19

White Cairn, West Skelston is a partially robbed cairn, reused as a dump for field clearance stones and old farm equipment. It is 3 miles W of Dunscore in an arable field overlooking West Skelston farm.
Canmore ID 65098 (go to Links) describes the cairn in 1991 as follows: "This cairn is situated on the crest of a spur and measures 23m in diameter and 3m in height; it has been partly robbed and has been supplemented by large boulders relatively recently."
There are original stones with an aged white patina but there are also a large central robbed out void, large field clearance stones and some old farm equipment on this cairn.
This seems to be the fate of cairns in proximity of farms where the temptation to exploit a natural resource is too great.
Posted by markj99
4th April 2020ce
Edited 25th July 2020ce


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Canmore ID 65098

White Cairn, West Skelston
Posted by markj99
25th July 2020ce