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Drumtroddan Standing Stones

I revisited Drumtroddan yesterday (23.07.21) for the first time in 10 years. Although 2 out of 3 stones are recumbent it still has a presence. There is no sign to the stones, just a blank green post at the foot of a farm track. It's in the middle of nowhere (actually c. 2 miles ENE of Port William) so I have posted a link to Google Maps. Maybe I will be the first person on TMA to post a what3words address so head for Aced.Riskiest.Ledge to find the Drumtroddan Standing Stone.

Drannandow W (Cairn(s))

Drannandow W Cairn is an extensively robbed round cairn situated c. 900m W of Drannandow Chambered Cairn and 300m N of Drumfern Cairn. According to Canmore ID 63018 (go to Links) it measures c. 34ft in diameter by 4ft high. The N half is turf-covered with a smattering of small stones. The S half has a layer of medium to large stones with a deep excavation in the SE Arc.

Chapel Finian (Sacred Well)

Visited 15.07.21

In the grounds of Chapel Finian the well lies c. 10 yards NW of the entrance immediately adjacent to the wall. There is shallow water in the well, possibly recently collected rainwater. There is a channel running NE-SW under the boundary wall. A 2ft square slab is visible in the NW edge of the rectangular stone lined structure.

It is listed as Canmore ID 62103 (go to Links).

Culgarie (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 15.07.21

On a visit to Longcastle today (15.07.21) I located two large stones incorporated into the dry stane dyke c. 10 yards SSE of the standing stone. The W stone is a roughly triangular stone flush to the dyke measuring c. 3ft high by 3.5 ft broad at the base tapering to a rounded top c. 3 ins broad. The E stone protrudes c. 1.5ft at 90 degrees to the wall measuring c. 40ins high by c. 1ft broad. The significance of these stones is discussed in Canmore ID 62686 (go to Links).

Cuff Hill (Chambered Tomb)

Visited 14.07.21

Cuff Hill Cairn is difficult to find. The narrow lanes off the B777 E of Beith are un-signposted leading to Cuff Hill Reservoir. Head for KA15 2JW on the SatNav to reach Cuffhill Reservoir. There is space to park between Cuffhill and Kirkleegreen Reservoirs. Walk back to Cuffhill Reservoir to reach a path which winds along the W bank of the reservoir. This runs parallel to a deer fence. Close to the end of the reservoir there is a hollow below the fence big enough to wriggle under. Head N along the fence then c. 200 yards NNE through woodland to reach Cuff Hill Cairn at NS 3859 5509. The grid reference is taken from Canmore ID 42121 (go to Links), which has an extensive description of Cuff Hill Cairn.

Lochrennie Hole Stone (Holed Stone)

Lochrennie Hole Stone is a broken standing stone c. 400 yards N of the A702 between St John's Town of Dalry and Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway. It is erected on a hilltop c. 120 yards S of a farm track running parallel to the A702 from Lochrennie Farm.

According to Canmore ID 64766 (go to Links) it measures c. 2.5 ft wide by 3ft tall. The breadth of the slab tapers from c. 9 ins at the base to 4 ins at the top. The hole is c. 9 ins from the top with a c. 4.5 ins diameter. Approximately half of the circumference of the hole has been lost due to the top of Lochrennie Hole Stone having fractured. "The upper part of the stone was broken through the perforation about 1840 and is in the possession of the Rev Mr Corrie, U F Minister, Glencairn. The stone is reputed to have been used in connection with "handfasting"." (Canmore ID 64766).

Kilhern SE (Cairn(s))

Directions: At the S edge of New Luce, beside the church, take the un-signposted turn up the hill. Stay on this narrow lane for c. 1 mile until you reach the sign for the Southern Upland Way (SUW) pointing up into the moorland. There is room to park here. Follow the path to reach a latched gate. After c. 200 yards uphill parallel to the wood you will reach a SUW post beside the wood. (There is a stone 70 yards up from this post c. 10 yards E of the wood edge with a large deep cup (6x4x4.5 inches) and a smooth grooved depression (c. 8x4x1 inches) at NX 19403 64651).
Continue along the SUW for c. 0.5 mile to reach a gateway in a dry stane dyke at NX 19683 64213. There is a wooden sign in the SE lee of the dry stane dyke pointing up to Caves of Kilhern 200m. To reach Kilhern SE continue along the SUW for c. 650 yards to the edge of Kilhern ruined farm. Turn L just before the entrance to the farm following the line of the enclosure uphill N for c. 100 yards. A farm track heading NE starts here. Follow it for c. 120 yards to reach Kilhern SE Long Cairn.

Kilhern SE lies c. 250 yards NE of Kilhern Farm Ruin on the Southern Upland Way (SUW). According to Canmore ID 138720 (go to Links) it is an extensively robbed long cairn with remains of a superimposed round cairn on the NE of the cairn. Kilhern SE long cairn measures c. 20 yards on the long NE-SW Axis. The stony NE end is c. 10 yards wide and the robbed-out grassy SW end is c. 5 yards wide giving the cairn an asymmetrical oval shape. The stones on the NE end are small to medium sized, irregularly shaped with no discernible structures. They are encrusted with a patina of white lichen giving the cairn an ancient aspect.

Caves of Kilhern Long Cairn is located c. 700 yards NW of Kilhern SE. This more famous cairn is signposted off the SUW. It is c. 250 yards SW along a drystane dyke from a gateway at NX 19684 64215 on the path. The wooden sign is in the SE lee of the wall after you have walked through the gateway so it is easily missed.

The Kilhern cairns share the same NE-SW orientation, however, Caves of Kilhern has three impressive chambers preserved whereas Kilhern SE has no visible structural remains.

Brownhill Burn (Cairn(s))

Visited 06.06.21

The access to Brownhill Burn Cairn has dramatically altered since my last visit. There is now a new road to within c. 50 yards of Brownhill Burn Cairn. The trees round Brownhill Burn Cairn have been felled leaving it in rough ground with stumps and ditches. There has been an unwelcome addition to the cairn, a Spruce sapling growing near an excavation in the SE Arc of the cairn.
Directions: There is a minor turn off the A713 halfway between Dalmellington and Carsphairn at NX 51747 99760. It leads past Lamford Farm to a dead end in forestry beside the Water of Deugh. After c. 1 mile you will pass Lamford Burn cairn on the L. After another c. 0.5 miles take the L fork. After c. 1.5 miles there is a newly constructed road signed for Water of Deugh Circular on the L. After c. 0.2 miles there is a large lay-by on the R. Walk up the road c. 120 yards, looking R to see Brownhill Burn Cairn with a Spruce sapling growing in the middle of the cairn c. 50 yards W of the road.

Brownhill Burn Cairn lies in forestry c. 7 miles N of Carsphairn, close to the South Ayrshire border. The cairn, measuring c. 10 yards across by 1 yard high, has been extensively robbed. A carpet of green moss lends the cairn a patina of antiquity. There is a modern shepherd's cairn on the E side, the highest point of Brownhill Burn Cairn.

Canmore ID 43497 (go to Links) has a full description of Brownhill Burn Cairn.

King's Cairn, a larger chambered cairn is only 400 yards NE of Brownhill Burn Cairn, hidden in a forest clearing.

Castlecreavie (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Visited 24/05/21

Castlecreavie Settlement is situated on the road to Castlecreavie Farm between Kirkcudbright and Dundrennan. There is room to park at NX 72424 49258, c. 500 yards up the narrow road to Castlecreavie Farm. There is a style leading up to Castlecreavie Settlement. The natural hillock has an enclosure measuring c. 75 yards NE-SW and 40 yards NW-SE. There are remains of a c. 4 feet rampart on the SW and NE of the enclosure. There are steep slopes all round except for the SW which slopes away at a shallow angle. There is a prominent terrace from c. 12 to 15 feet wide round the settlement, except on the SW side.

Canmore ID 64427 (go to Links) has a fuller description of Castlecreavie Settlement.

Clachaneasy Bridge Cairn (Cairn(s))

Clachaneasy Bridge Cairn is a small cairn hidden in dense forestry c. 350 yards N of Clachaneasy Bridge. The cairn is built upon a small knoll, measuring c. 15 ft across and 3 feet high. The cairn is covered in briars, ferns and grass with no stones visible on the irregular surface. However, when walking on the cairn stones below the grass are evident. On the summit of Clachaneasy Bridge Cairn there is a row of four large moss-covered stones.
Directions: At the N end of Victoria Street in Newton Stewart head straight onto the A714 Girvan Road. Stay on this road for c. 7.3 miles to reach Clachaneasy, a tiny hamlet. Take the R turn for RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve c. 200 yards later. Cross over Clachaneasy Bridge, park on the R in a lay-by c. 25 yards beyond the bridge. Walk c. 250 yards up the road to a crossroads. Take the L turn up a forestry road for c. 200 yards to NX 35695 75452. From this point turn L into the forest. Head SW for c. 150 yards through difficult terrain of trees, ditches and briars to a small knoll at NX 3564 7542. Clachaneasy Bridge Cairn is built on this knoll.
Canmore ID 62998 (go to Links) gives further details of Clachaneasy Bridge Cairn.
GPS navigation is vital in finding this hidden cairn as well as good outdoor footwear to walk in the dense forest.

Coffin Stone (Glenluce) (Natural Rock Feature)

The Coffin Stone (Glenluce) is a natural coffin-shaped stone c. 1 mile ENE of Glenluce on the N side of a disused section of the A75. The stone lies c. 30 yards N of the old road on the edge of a marshy area. The N-S Axis of the Coffin Stone (Glenluce) is c. 6 ft 6 in long and the E-W Axis is 1 ft wide at the base and 2 ft wide at the top. Viewed from W and S the stone has a close resemblance to a coffin.

Coffin Stone: A large coffin-shaped stone, lying flat. It is not supposed to cover any grave, nor does it appear to have been artificially shaped.

Name Book 1849 (Canmore ID 62188) (go to Links).

Directions: Take the E exit to Glenluce off the A75. After c. 250 yards take the unsigned R turn dead-end road. After c. 0.5 mile continue straight on for 50 yards to a gate for a private road. Park up and follow the disused A75 for c. 360 yards to reach a gate on the L at NX 21777 58192. Cross a small stream on a bridge within 10 yards of the gate, turn R parallel to the stream for c. 70 yards to reach the Coffin Stone (Glenluce).

Camel Rock (Natural Rock Feature)

Camel Rock is a rock stack on the cliffs at Rinsey Head in Cornwall. As you climb up the South West Coast Path (SWCP) towards Trewavas Head from Rinsey a rock stack on SE edge of the cliffs assumes the profile of a camel. Camel Rock can also be viewed from an approach from the E on the SWCP but the illusion is less convincing.

The rock stack is also known as The Bishop locally.

Directions: There is a SWCP Car Park in Rinsey. Follow the SWCP path past Wheal Prosper Mine heading SE alongside the coast. After c. 0.5 mile on the path you will reach Trewavas Cliff, a Chambered Cairn already listed in TMA. Continue E up the SWCP for c. 100 yards. Camel Rock will come into view on the edge of the coast.

Bruce's Stone (Clatteringshaws) (Natural Rock Feature)

"This granite boulder on Moss Raploch marks the scene of Robert the Bruce's first victory over the English after his return to the Scottish mainland in 1307." Canmore ID 63776 (go to Links).

Bruce's Stone (Clatteringshaws) is an irregular shaped rock c. 6 feet high marking the site of the battle of Moss Raploch.

There is a dedicated path from Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre to Bruce's Stone (Clatteringshaws). It is only a 5 minute walk along the banks of Clatteringshaws reservoir to the stone. There is an information board adjacent to the site.

There is a second Bruce's Stone c. 8 miles W on the banks of Loch Trool. It is a monument to Bruce's victory at Glen Trool in 1307.

Braidenoch Cross Slabs (Christianised Site)

Braidenoch Cross Slabs can be found c. 150 yards S of the path running from Carsphairn to Polmaddie. At present the two stones with crude cross carvings lie horizontal in rough grass on a S slope of Braidenoch Hill. However, it is reasonable to assume they were once vertical markers close to the old bridle path. The ancient path was known as the packman’s road according to Canmore ID 63877 (go to Links).

Canmore dates the carvings to the eighth or ninth century. It states that the larger stone measures c. 3 ft 3 in long, 17 in wide and 7 in thick. There is a fracture across the stone c. 9 in from the top at the neck of the cross. The smaller stone dimensions are given as 2 ft 2 in long, 9 in wide and 6.5 in thick. This stone is intact.

Directions: There is room to park at Carnavel Farm junction on the W side of Carsphain just before you cross the bridge. Follow the path to Polmaddy uphill for 1.5 miles until you observe Bardennoch hill trig point on your L. Continue on this path until you reach NX 56981 90728. Head NE across a dry stane dyke for c. 150 yards to locate your target.

Braidenoch Cross Slabs are difficult to find without GPS. The bearing from the summit of Braidenoch Hill to the Braidenoch Cross Slabs is c. 285 degrees (SSW) for c. 200 yards.

Cairnharrow NE (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

This stone is listed as Canmore ID 63668 (go to Links).
It is a moss covered stone with a large worn ring mark and several cup marks visible in its current state. Canmore lists more ring marks but I didn't remove the moss to look for them.
Access to the site is by climbing up the slope of Cairnharrow for about 0.5 mile across rough ground or by a longer detour from Cambret Hill.

Round Dounan (Hillfort)

Round Dounan is a small fort in the grounds of Dunragit House. It is situated on a natural mound at the top of a slope c. 75 yards E of the road leading to Dunragit House. The mound is protected on the W by the wooded slope with a surrounding terrace on the N, E & S sides. There are two deep gouges on the N end of the knoll. The mound is c. 15 feet high with a flat grassy summit plateau cleared of vegetation. There are no features on the plateau save some tree stumps. The NW-SE Axis measures c. 35 yards and the NE-SW Axis measures c. 25 yards giving the mound an oval shape.

Canmore ID 61250 (go to Links) has further details of Round Dounan.

Bagbie Wall Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

There is a dry stane dyke c. 30 yards S of Bagbie Cairn. A short standing stone c. 2.5 feet high and 2.5 feet wide has been incorporated into the wall.
Canmore ID 281565 (go to Links) notes that the stone is "on a direct sight-line between Bagbie standing stone and the two upright stones on the ESE edge on Baggie cairn." (J Pickin 2005).

Shennanton SE (Cairn(s))

Shennanton SE Cairn is located on the edge of a copse of trees at the A75/B735 junction. The cairn has been fenced off in the corner of a field. It has been extensively robbed of stone consisting of a raised platform up to 3 feet high. It is covered in vegetation including briars and a mature tree sprouting in the E quadrant. There is an area of moss covered stones in the NE quadrant which could be original stones. A large c. 5 feet long moss-covered stone lies S of the tree, possibly a displaced kerb stone. The size and shape of Shennanton SE Cairn is difficult to ascertain due to the ground cover however I estimated it to be an oval cairn with a c. 30 yards diameter.

Shennanton Cairn SE is listed as Canmore ID 62971 (go to Links).

Shennanton NW Cairn lies c. 500 yards NW of Shennanton SE Cairn in unimproved pasture N of the A75 Shennanton straight.
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