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Callanish (Standing Stones) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Giant's Grave (Standing Stones) — Images

<b>Giant's Grave</b>Posted by moey

Greycroft Stone Circle — Images

<b>Greycroft Stone Circle</b>Posted by moey

The Devil's Arrows (Standing Stones) — Images

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Haystack — Images

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The Twelve Apostles of Ilkley Moor (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>The Twelve Apostles of Ilkley Moor</b>Posted by moey

The Doubler Stones (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Sunkenkirk (Stone Circle) — Images

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Lordenshaw (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Lordenshaws Hillfort — Images

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Lordenshaw (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Hurl Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Hurl Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Haven't been able to find out any history of this one yet. It stands, set in a rough stone base, so may well be of modern origin, although it may be re(z)erected.

A tall thin stone, over 10ft tall, it leans or points quite heavily. Views over towards The Cheviots to the West and Hepburn Woods to the East.

Of notable mention is a bit of modern architecture just oevr the hill - The Hurlstone Tower was built in 2000 by the local landowner and is a round 3 storey castle looking folly.

Newtown Mill (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Cuddy's Cave (Doddington) (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

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St Cuthbert's Cave (Cockenheugh) (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

<b>St Cuthbert's Cave (Cockenheugh)</b>Posted by moey

Dod Law Hillfort rock art (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

<b>Dod Law Hillfort rock art</b>Posted by moey

Dod Law Main (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

<b>Dod Law Main</b>Posted by moey

Croft Moraig (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Croft Moraig</b>Posted by moey

Iarsiadar Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Iarsiadar Standing Stone</b>Posted by moey

Auchagallon (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Auchagallon</b>Posted by moey

Giants' Graves (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Do not underestimate the trip to the Giants Graves. walk along a track for about 1/2 a mile and then the ascent begins, and goes on, and on, and on. Through the woods, the hillside has steps all the way to the summit, but it is a real steep climb.

Expect to take some rest stops (and on the way back down travellers plaintively asking "is it much further?") Once you reach the top of the steps, you might think you are there. Oh, no, continue along the hilltop, climbing still slightly, through the woods - watch out, we expected Orcs to come running at us at any moment.

When you reach the clearing, you will not be disappointed. What a great place! As others have said, the views must have been breathtaking - a burial for kings!

Only one thing spoilt our restful period at the top.... a phone call from work! don't take your mobile.

Giants' Graves (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Moss Farm Road (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Moss Farm Road</b>Posted by moey

Moss Farm Road (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

On the approach to Machrie Moor from the A841 you will walk past this burial cairn, the historic Scotland plaque seems unsure of what it is....

"Is it a stone circle with a later burial cairn built inside it or is it simply a cairn with a permanent stone kerb?"

I think the latter, but you can correct me on that.

Whatever it is, it augments the approach to the amphitheatre of Machrie Moor - watch carefully as you approach, other standing stones will become evident on the way to the main sites.

Lamlash (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Lamlash</b>Posted by moey

Cocklawburn Beach Rings (Natural Rock Feature) — Fieldnotes


From Berwick Upon Tweed Head towards the A1 (Southwards) Before you reach the A1, turn left towards the village of Scremerston. Immediately turn left again and follow the road round. At Borewell Farm (offering farm shop etc) take another left. cross the railway and continue along the road until it falls away into disrepair. park up below the "pill box" and walk through the nature reserve part of the dunes. you will come to a fence, climb it and follow the path down to the beach. It is pretty rough and steep going, but soon you will be on a sandy beach. Keep close to the dunes and look out for rocks that are submerged at high tide. These are the ones you need to examine.

Apologies if the grid reference is not 100% correct.

If you have any problems finding it - give me a shout!



This area was something that caught me by surprise. On the beach at Cocklawburn near Berwick-Upon-Tweed Lie some excellent rock formations that look similar to cup and ring marks.

I used to walk my dogs here a lot and had never noticed them beforee, but one day I was walking with my head down and say one of the ring formations. I couldn't believe it - didn't know if they were natural or man made.

I looked around and there were loads of them. Some qute large, but many were huddled together on rocky outcrops like so many limpets hanging on for dear life. Many are flat to the surface of the sand, but others are vertical on the rocks.

I formulated a theory about sandstone and volcanic rock fusing, but this doesn't seem to be quite right.

Through the wonders of the community that is Head Heritage, I got talking to Fitzcoraldo about rock art, I sent him the pics and he showed them to the resident geologists on his oil rig. I hope Fitz doesn't mind me reprinting his reply, but this is the current thinking on the formations.

"I have a name for your bizarre rock formation and can tell you that your half baked theory was only a quarter baked.
I've consulted the afternoon shift geologists and the consensus seems to be that they are a phenomena called MUD VOLCANOES, in fossil form of course.
Apparently you get mud volcanoes in areas like large river deltas, where you get a large amount of sediment deposited quickly, this mud is then overlain by slower deposited sands which compress the mud causing it to flow upwards inna volcano stylee. So there you go."

Cocklawburn Beach Rings (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Roughting Linn (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Dunnideer (Hillfort) — Images

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Dunnydeer Farm (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Dunnydeer Farm</b>Posted by moey

Stonehenge (Circle henge) — Images

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Corrimony (Clava Cairn) — Images

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The Whispering Knights (Burial Chamber) — Images

<b>The Whispering Knights</b>Posted by moey

The King Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>The King Stone</b>Posted by moey

Roughting Linn (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

<b>Roughting Linn</b>Posted by moey

Pencraig Hill Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Kirklandhill Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Hi There,
Moey Here. Northumberland Based, Lazy assed Modern Antiquarian.

Stone Circling Partner (and that's as far as it goes - the rumours are unfounded) of Joolio Geordio. We aim to carry out at least two big trips a year - 2002 was Aberdeenshire and The Western Isles (again)

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