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Cairn Hill (Cairnryan) (Cairn(s))

Visited 23.06.24

There was a cairn on the summit of Cairn Hill, c. 0.33 miles N of Cairnryan in Dumfries and Galloway. According to Canmore ID 60646, all that remained in 1985 was "a spread of stones measuring 25m in diameter and rising up to 0.3m in height around the edges." On my visit I observed a grassy circle c. 25 yards in diameter c. 15 yards ESE of the summit trig point. There were no stones visible on the surface or underfoot.

Canmore states that Cairn Hill (Cairnryan) Cairn is also known as Cairn Multibrugh.

Drummuckloch Hill Cairn (Cairn(s))

Visited 16.06.24

Drummuckloch Hill Cairn is located in rough pasture c. 0.75 miles E of Cairnryan in Dumfries and Galloway. The ruined cairn is obscured by clumps of marsh grass. Canmore ID 60677 states that the mound "measures 7m in diameter by a maximum of 0.4m in height."

There may be a relationship between Drummuckloch Hill Cairn and Drummuckloch Hill Standing Stone which lies c. 70 yards SSE of the stone.

Drummuckloch Hill Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 16.06.24

Drummuckloch Hill Standing Stone is located in rough pasture c. 0.75 miles E of Cairnryan in Dumfries and Galloway. The undressed stone slab measures c. 4.5 feet in height with a c. 3 x 1.5 feet cross section. The long axis is orientated NNW-SSE. A modern dry stane dyke has been constructed c. 6 feet W of the stone, running c. 30 yards ENE to the nearest boundary wall. Drummuckloch Hill Standing Stone is listed as Canmore ID 60678.

There may be a relationship between Drummuckloch Hill Standing Stone and Drummuckloch Hill Cairn which lies c. 70 yards SSE of the stone.

Eagle Cairn (Cardryne) (Cairn(s))

Visited 12.06.24

Eagle Cairn (Cardryne) is a ruined cairn in Dumfries and Galloway with a spectacular panorama including sea views and the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse. The mound has been bisected by a dry stane dyke running NNE to SSW. The western half is better preserved, measuring c. 12 feet wide of the dry stane dyke up to 1 feet high with embedded stones scattered in the grassy surface. The eastern half has been reduced to a prominence in the field, measuring c. 1 foot high and 6 feet wide of the dry stane dyke. Further information is available in Canmore ID 61065.

The route to the cairn is cross country starting at a lay-by at NX 1192 3301 opposite Cardryne Croft. Follow a farm track NE then walk round the perimeter of a field to a gate, detour round rough ground towards the ruined cairn. My route is viewable on Eagle Cairn (Cardryne).

Millmoan Hill (Cairn(s))

Directions to Millmoan Hill Cairn

There is a minor junction off the A77 at NX 0820 7530, c. 80 yards SW of the Dupin Farm junction on the Glen App straight. There is room for one car to park at the locked gate. It is the start of a forest track winding uphill for c. 1.3 miles to a modern fire tower. Millmoan Hill Cairn is located c. 100 yards S in a wide clearing. My route can be viewed on Millmoan Hill Cairn. (I saw several deer grazing on my way back as this is a road less travelled.)

Visited 16.05.24

Millmoan Hill Cairn is an isolated site surrounded by forestry, c. 1 mile E of Glenapp Church in South Ayrshire. A large sheepfold has been constructed round the cairn using original stones, leaving the W arc clear. A line of scattered stones is visible on the W arc. The N arc has been bisected by the NE and NW enclosures. A large circular hollow has been excavated in the SE quadrant measuring c. 4m across and 1m deep. Canmore ID 60913 states that the mound measures "up to 21m in diameter and 1.8m in height".

Drummanmoan Loan (Cairn(s))

Visited 03.05.24

Drummanmoan Loan Cairn is located in open moorland c. 3 miles N of Penwhirn Reservoir in Dumfries and Galloway. This lonely green mound is hidden from view by marsh grass except on the N arc. The subcircular cairn measures c. 25 feet across and 2 feet high. A low scattering of stones on the W arc may be the remains of a collapsed modern cairn, described in Canmore ID 61902. The centre of the mound is occupied by a circular hollow of marsh grass.

If you like a yomp over bleak moorland, this is your bag. Park up at NX 1275 7270 on the Lagafater Lodge dead-end single track road. Follow the W bank of the Laganabeastie Burn N for c. 0.5 mile to reach an enclosure above the burn. Head NW along rough ATV tracks. The cairn is obscured by a ring of marsh grass on approach making GPS navigation essential. Return by the reverse route. My route can be viewed on Drummanmoan Loan Cairn. Having travelled so far from civilisation, it would be a mistake not to visit Laganabeastie Cairns, which are located in pasture c. 200 yards E of the Stone Bridge.

Sarsgrum (Cairn(s))

Visited 03.09.21

As Gladman suggested, the house adjacent to Sarsgrum Cairn has been renovated. The A838 is now part of the NC500 leading to more traffic passing the cairn, however it is still relatively easy to stop and view the cairn.

Friar's Kirk NW (Cairn(s))

Directions to Friar's Kirk NW Cairn: Follow the directions to Drumanwherran S Cairn Cemetery. Take a 4x4 track N from the modern shepherd's cairn until you reach NX 11116 72105, where a vague track heads WNW . Head W downhill for c. 175 yards to reach Drumanwherran N Cairn. An extended pathless route NNW leads to Friar's Kirk Cairns. Wellies and GPS navigation are strongly recommended. My route can be seen on Friar's Kirk Cairns via Drumanwherran N Cairn.

Friar's Kirk SE (Cairn(s))

Directions to Friar's Kirk SE Cairn: Follow the directions to Drumanwherran S Cairn Cemetery. Take a 4x4 track N from the modern shepherd's cairn until you reach NX 11116 72105, where a vague track heads WNW . Head W downhill for c. 175 yards to reach Drumanwherran N Cairn. An extended pathless route NNW leads to Friar's Kirk Cairns. Wellies and GPS navigation are strongly recommended. My route can be seen on Friar's Kirk Cairns via Drumanwherran N Cairn.

Drumanwherran N (Cairn(s))

Directions to Drumanwherran N Cairn: Follow the directions to Drumanwherran S Cairn Cemetery. Take a 4x4 track N from the modern shepherd's cairn until you reach NX 11116 72105, where a vague track heads WNW . Head W downhill for c. 175 yards to reach Drumanwherran N Cairn. An extended pathless route NNW leads to Friar's Kirk Cairns. Wellies and GPS navigation are strongly recommended. My route can be seen on Friar's Kirk Cairns via Drumanwherran N Cairn.

Claywarnies (Cairn(s))

Directions to Claywarnies Cairn: Follow the directions to Drumanwherran S Cairn Cemetery. Head NW across a burn and boggy moorland to a forest ride beginning at NX 10911 71685. Walk W along the ride for c. 600 yards to reach a wide clearing. Head WNW for 50 yards across the clearing to a forest ride. Follow it for c. 150 yards to reach Claywarnies Cairn in a round clearing. Wellies and GPS Navigation are strongly recommended. My route can be viewed on Claywarnies Cairn.

Altigoukie Burn Cairn (Cairn(s))

Directions to Altigoukie Burn Cairn: Take the W turn to Glenluce off the A75. Turn left for New Luce after 0.2 mile. Stay on this road for c. 5 miles to reach New Luce. Go straight on at the top of Main Street for 1.3 miles to reach Barlure Farm track. There is a room for one car to park at the junction. Walk along Barlure Farm track for c. 225 yards to reach a cattle grid. There is a sign which reads "Start of path to Kilfeddar farm - Distance 2.9km". Continue W along the track for c. 150 yards to the centre of Barlure Farm. Turn left at the farmhouse heading downhill through pasture to Barlure Farm Railway Bridge. (There was a pool of water one foot deep under the bridge: lucky I was wearing wellies!) Head NW along the muddy track beside the railway line. Continue along this track for 0.8 miles to NX 15845 67587, 100 yards before it crosses a stream. Head NE across rough pasture for the railway line for c. 0.5 miles. When the glen narrows cross a fence, head W for Altigoukie Burn in boggy moorland. Altigoukie Burn Burnt Mound is located on the S bank of the burn at NX 1633 6810. Altigoukie Burn Cairn lies c. 110 yards NW from the burnt mound. My route can be viewed on Altigoukie Burn Cairn and Burnt Mound.

Drumanwherran S (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Directions to Drumanwherran S Cairn Cemetery: The access to the cairn cemetery is complicated by the construction of a nearby windfarm which may cause future restrictions. The following route is currently open: Take the unsigned New Luce turn off the straight on the A77 at NX 08557 63769, c. 0.3 miles N of the A751 Innermessan junction. There are traffic cones on the road restricting it to one lane. Follow this road for c. 5.3 miles to reach the disused Penwhirn Filter Station. Continue past the Penwhirn houses for c. 200 yards to a dead-end single track left turn over a bridge. This is the road to Lagafater Lodge. Take this road for c. 1 mile to reach Darnigap Farm. A track leading W into forestry starts opposite Dalnigap Farm. It is possible to park 50 yards up this track. The track runs for c. 1.2 miles through the trees. Follow this track on bike or foot to reach the dead-end. The track becomes a forest ride which is boggy underfoot. Follow this NW for c. 0.4 miles to the end of the forest ride. Head W for c. 50 yards to cross the burn at a narrow channel. Head NW through boggy rushes towards a prominent natural mound. Canmore Id : 61893 is c. 40 yards N, a circle covered in rushes. Follow a rough 4x4 track N for c. 120 yards to reach a small grassy cairn, Canmore Id : 61892. The most obvious landmark on Drumanwherrran Moor is c. 50 yard N along the 4x4 track. It is a modern Shepherds Cairn measuring c.10 feet high in the centre of a large robbed cairn, listed as Canmore Id : 61935. Take a 4x4 track heading W from here, passing a natural mound then bear S to Canmore Id : 61894, a grassy cairn with a recumbent slab in its centre. My walking route can be viewed on Drumanwherran S Cairns.

The Witching Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 17.02.24

I've passed by The Witching Stone countless times, however, the field was usually in crop or I was on my way to somewhere. Yesterday, while travelling home from a Bill Bailey concert, I noticed that the field enclosing The Witching Stone was being drained so it seemed like a good opportunity to finally visit the standing stone.

My first difficulty was finding a place to park on the busy A77. After some trial and error I parked down the track to the cottages S of the Alginate factory. The lane is a high tide detour off the Ayrshire Coastal Path. The track leads onto the beach. After following the coast S for c. 0.5 mile i headed to a gate in the NW corner of the field. The Witching Stone was c. 150 yards SE from the gateway across a sodden field (I had wellies on obviously).

The Witching Stone is natural pointed boulder leaning c. 30 degrees ESE. It is set upright with broad sides on a ESE-WNW axis. The stone measures c. 4x3x1 feet. The overall height is reduced to 3.5 feet by the lean. It is located at NS 19924 01730 (transcribed from OS Aerial Mapping).

There is no obvious reason why this rather ordinary stone has been set upright and preserved in the field. It is not listed on Canmore and a Google search for Standing Stone The Curragh Girvan produced no result.

Friar's Kirk NW (Cairn(s))

Visited 11.02.24

Friar's Kirk NW Cairn is located on open moorland c. 3 miles NNW of Penwhirn Reservoir in Dumfries and Galloway. The round grassy mound has small stones studded on the surface. The N half of the cairn has a hollow up to 1 foot deep. Conversely, there is a loose mound of stones c. 6 feet wide by 1.5 feet high on the S arc. A large slab measuring c. 3x2x0.33 feet lies on the mound, towards the centre of the cairn. The slab could be a remnant of a cist. The overall dimensions of the cairn are c. 36 feet across by 3 feet high.

Friar's Kirk SE Cairn lies c. 270 yards SE of Friar's Kirk NW Cairn. Further details of Friar's Kirk NW Cairn are available in Canmore ID 61882.

Friar's Kirk SE (Cairn(s))

Visited 11.02.24

Friar's Kirk SE Cairn is located on open moorland c. 3 miles NNW of Penwhirn Reservoir in Dumfries and Galloway. The round grassy mound has small stones scattered on the surface, concentrated on a round stone structure built around a hollow in the E arc. The ruined structure has an internal diameter of c. 3 feet with a wall c. 1 feet wide. The overall dimensions of the cairn are c. 40 feet across by 2 feet high.

Friar's Kirk NW Cairn lies c. 270 yards NW of Friar's Kirk SE Cairn. According to Canmore ID 61924, Friar's Kirk SE Cairn is c. 120m NW of Friar's Kirk Enclosure, a ruined sheepfold.

Claywarnies (Cairn(s))

Visited 10.02.24

Claywarnies Cairn is located in a forest clearing c. 2 miles NW of Penwhirn Reservoir in Dumfries and Galloway. The large sub-circular mound has been extensively modified by man over time. Several enclosures have been constructed on and around the cairn, presumably using original cairn stones. There is a rectangular enclosure outside the N perimeter, a cluster of stones on the S arc and a ruined enclosure in the W half. The cairn, which measures c. 66 feet in diameter and 3 feet high, is covered in rushes obscuring any surface stones.

Canmore ID 61891 has details of Claywarnies Cairn, including a survey carried out in 1985.

Drumanwherran N (Cairn(s))

Visited 11.02.24

Drumanwherran N Cairn lies c. 700 yards NNW of Drumanwherran S Cairn Cemetery, c. 2 miles NNW of Penwhirn Reservoir in Dumfries and Galloway. It is located on the W slope of Drummanwherran.

The round cairn measures c. 18 feet in diameter and 1 foot high. The rough surface of the mound is covered in green rushes, making it stand out from the brown moorland. There are no stones visible on the cairn except for a cluster of small stones embedded on the E perimeter.

Further details are available in Canmore ID 61895.

Drumanwherran S (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Visited 10.02.24

There is a group of 4 cairns located in a rectangular area, measuring c. 175 by 130 yards, on Drumanwherran moor c. 1.5 miles NNW of Penwhirn Reservoir. The largest cairn lies on the NE corner of the boggy moorland rectangle. It is the most prominent landmark due to a modern shepherds cairn erected in the centre of the grassy mound. The OS grid reference quoted above refers to this cairn.

Canmore ID 61935 describes a large round cairn measuring c. 75 feet in diameter and 4 feet high. The grassy surface is studded with small stones. A modern shepherds cairn measuring c. 10 feet high has been erected in the centre of the mound. This may account for a hollow up to c. 1 foot deep in the N half. Additionally, there is a small stone structure built onto the S perimeter.

Canmore ID 61892 suggests that "a peat-covered mound measuring 7.5m in diameter and 0.5m in height", c. 50 yards S of Canmore ID 61935, "is probably a cairn". In situ, the rough tussocky green mound stands out in the brown moorland lending credence to its status.

Canmore ID 61893 lies c. 175 yards S of Canmore ID 61935. The cairn is a sub-circular hollow of rushes measuring c. 24 feet across and 1 foot deep.

Canmore ID 61894 has details of a robbed round cairn c. 130 yards WSW of Canmore ID 61935. The mound, which measures c. 27 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet high, has a grassy central plateau. A large slab measuring c. 3x2x0.5 feet lies on the W arc, possibly a remnant of a destroyed cist.
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