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Drummore (Stone Circle)

Canmore ID 63926 has an explanation for the curious nature of Drummore Stone Circle. Up to 1867 there was a stone circle with 9 stones. This structure was destroyed by the farmer. The current structure of four mismatched stones in a giant four poster shape is the result of displaced stones after 1867.

Branhunisary (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Directions to Branhunisary: Heading E out of Port Ellen take the first L turn up a narrow unsigned lane. Port Ellen Standing Stone will come into your view on the R within 200 yards. There is a convenient gateway to allow a visit to Port Ellen Standing Stone. Proceed for another 0.25 miles to reach a gateway on the L at a track heading N. There is just room to park up. Walk up this track for c. 120 yards to reach a gateway to a field on the L. If the field is occupied by Beef Cattle exercise caution as they are dangerous. Branhunisary stands c. 75 yards SW from the gate in broken ground.

Boreland (Chambered Cairn)

Directions to Boreland Cairn: Take the Minnigaff road on the E side of the Cree Bridge in Newton Stewart. After c. 0.5 mile there is a L turn signed for Wood of Cree. Follow this narrow lane past Minnigaff Church for c. 0.6 mile to reach Boreland Lodge, a small hamlet at the foot of Boreland Wood. There is a R turn signed for Knockman Wood through a white gate at Boreland Lodge cottage. After c. 0.25 mile there is a car park where a circular path through the woods starts. Take the L fork and go straight on for c. 1.25 miles on the path to reach Boreland Cairn on the L of the path in a wide clearing.

Bencallen Hill (Chambered Tomb)

Despite being c. 100 yards from the roadside Bencallen Cairn is difficult to find. Good map reading or Sat Nav are important but a GPS device is essential.

Directions from N: Take the A77 to Girvan. Take the A734 Barr L turn on the roundabout at the N end of Girvan. After c. 2.25 miles you reach Old Dailly. Turn R onto the A734 Barr in Old Dailly. After c. 5 miles on this winding road you reach Barr. Travel through Barr turning L for Crosshill at the dead end sign. Stay on this narrow road for c. 4 miles to reach S Balloch Farm. Turn R at the junction for 1.1 miles to reach a small grass parking spot at NX 33706 94332 on the R side of the road. Walk c. 25 yards up the road to NX 33729 94325. A faint path to the L starts up a wooded slope. Follow it for c. 60 yards uphill to emerge into a large deforested clearing with Bencallen Sheepfold at the centre of it. Bencallen Chambered Cairn is built into a wall on the N of this feature, a standout feature.

Directions from S: Take the A75 to Newton Stewart. Drive through the town centre. At the W end of the Cree Bridge take the A714 Girvan road. After c. 8.5 miles in Bargrennan take the R turn for Glentrool Village. Stay on this narrow road with passing places for c. 9.5 miles to reach the Bell Memorial. Take the L fork for Barr/Crosshill. After c. 2.5 miles park up on the L on a grass bank at NX 33706 94332. Walk back up the road to NX 33729 94325. A faint path to the L starts up a wooded slope. Follow it for c. 60 yards uphill to emerge into a large deforested clearing with Bencallen Sheepfold at the centre of it. Bencallen Chambered Cairn is built into a wall on the N of this feature, a standout feature.

Ballinaby (North) (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Canmore ID 37386 (go to Links) estimates the girth of the stone to be 3m at the base, girth being the distance round the perimeter of an object.
Although I didn't measure this on my visit the estimate seems reasonable to me.

Arthur's Bed (Natural Rock Feature)

Directions to Arthur's Bed

From N: The B3254 heads S off the A30 at Launceton. Take the first left for B3254 St Petherwin at the first roundabout. Stay on the B3254 for c. 7 miles. Cross the Lynher river into Berriow Bridge. There is an unsigned dead-end lane turning R at the end of the narrow bridge . Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

From S: From A38 take the A390 Liskeard exit. Follow All Routes B3254 into Liskeard. The B3254 becomes Pound St. Take the second exit R for All other routes at the roundabout, avoiding the Town Centre. Take the first L for B3254 Pensilva/St Cleer at the double roundabout. Follow the B3254 for c. 8 miles to reach Berriow Bridge. At the N end of Berriow Bridge there is an unsigned dead-end lane turning L just before the narrow bridge over the Lynher River. Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

Twelve Men’s Moor starts here. There are many sites to be explored from here: They include Cairns, a Cist, the Pyramid Stone and a Settlement on Twelve Men’s Moor, an unusual Stone Row on Hawk’s Tor Summit and Arthur’s Bed on Trewortha Tor, all in a square kilometre.

Twelve Men's Moor (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Directions to Twelve Men's Moor

From N: The B3254 heads S off the A30 at Launceton. Take the first left for B3254 St Petherwin at the first roundabout. Stay on the B3254 for c. 7 miles. Cross the Lynher river into Berriow Bridge. There is an unsigned dead-end lane turning R at the end of the narrow bridge . Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

From S: From A38 take the A390 Liskeard exit. Follow All Routes B3254 into Liskeard. The B3254 becomes Pound St. Take the second exit R for All other routes at the roundabout, avoiding the Town Centre. Take the first L for B3254 Pensilva/St Cleer at the double roundabout. Follow the B3254 for c. 8 miles to reach Berriow Bridge. At the N end of Berriow Bridge there is an unsigned dead-end lane turning L just before the narrow bridge over the Lynher River. Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

Twelve Men’s Moor starts here. There are many sites to be explored from here: They include Cairns, a Cist, the Pyramid Stone and a Settlement on Twelve Men’s Moor, an unusual Stone Row on Hawk’s Tor Summit and Arthur’s Bed on Trewortha Tor, all in a square kilometre.

Hawk's Tor (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Directions to Hawk's Tor

From N: The B3254 heads S off the A30 at Launceton. Take the first left for B3254 St Petherwin at the first roundabout. Stay on the B3254 for c. 7 miles. Cross the Lynher river into Berriow Bridge. There is an unsigned dead-end lane turning R at the end of the narrow bridge . Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

From S: From A38 take the A390 Liskeard exit. Follow All Routes B3254 into Liskeard. The B3254 becomes Pound St. Take the second exit R for All other routes at the roundabout, avoiding the Town Centre. Take the first L for B3254 Pensilva/St Cleer at the double roundabout. Follow the B3254 for c. 8 miles to reach Berriow Bridge. At the N end of Berriow Bridge there is an unsigned dead-end lane turning L just before the narrow bridge over the Lynher River. Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

Twelve Men’s Moor starts here. There are many sites to be explored from here: They include Cairns, a Cist, the Pyramid Stone and a Settlement on Twelve Men’s Moor, an unusual Stone Row on Hawk’s Tor Summit and Arthur’s Bed on Trewortha Tor, all in a square kilometre.

Kilmar Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Directions to Kilmar Quoit

From N: The B3254 heads S off the A30 at Launceton. Take the first left for B3254 St Petherwin at the first roundabout. Stay on the B3254 for c. 7 miles. Cross the Lynher river into Berriow Bridge. There is an unsigned dead-end lane turning R at the end of the narrow bridge . Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

From S: From A38 take the A390 Liskeard exit. Follow All Routes B3254 into Liskeard. The B3254 becomes Pound St. Take the second exit R for All other routes at the roundabout, avoiding the Town Centre. Take the first L for B3254 Pensilva/St Cleer at the double roundabout. Follow the B3254 for c. 8 miles to reach Berriow Bridge. At the N end of Berriow Bridge there is an unsigned dead-end lane turning L just before the narrow bridge over the Lynher River. Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

Twelve Men’s Moor starts here. There are many sites to be explored from here: They include Cairns, a Cist, the Pyramid Stone and a Settlement on Twelve Men’s Moor, an unusual Stone Row on Hawk’s Tor Summit and Arthur’s Bed on Trewortha Tor, all in a square kilometre.

Twelve Men's cist

Directions to Twelve Men's cist

From N: The B3254 heads S off the A30 at Launceton. Take the first left for B3254 St Petherwin at the first roundabout. Stay on the B3254 for c. 7 miles. Cross the Lynher river into Berriow Bridge. There is an unsigned dead-end lane turning R at the end of the narrow bridge . Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

From S: From A38 take the A390 Liskeard exit. Follow All Routes B3254 into Liskeard. The B3254 becomes Pound St. Take the second exit R for All other routes at the roundabout, avoiding the Town Centre. Take the first L for B3254 Pensilva/St Cleer at the double roundabout. Follow the B3254 for c. 8 miles to reach Berriow Bridge. At the N end of Berriow Bridge there is an unsigned dead-end lane turning L just before the narrow bridge over the Lynher River. Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

Twelve Men’s Moor starts here. There are many sites to be explored from here: They include Cairns, a Cist, the Pyramid Stone and a Settlement on Twelve Men’s Moor, an unusual Stone Row on Hawk’s Tor Summit and Arthur’s Bed on Trewortha Tor, all in a square kilometre.

Pyramid Stone (Natural Rock Feature)

Directions to Pyramid Stone

From N: The B3254 heads S off the A30 at Launceton. Take the first left for B3254 St Petherwin at the first roundabout. Stay on the B3254 for c. 7 miles. Cross the Lynher river into Berriow Bridge. There is an unsigned dead-end lane turning R at the end of the narrow bridge . Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

From S: From A38 take the A390 Liskeard exit. Follow All Routes B3254 into Liskeard. The B3254 becomes Pound St. Take the second exit R for All other routes at the roundabout, avoiding the Town Centre. Take the first L for B3254 Pensilva/St Cleer at the double roundabout. Follow the B3254 for c. 8 miles to reach Berriow Bridge. At the N end of Berriow Bridge there is an unsigned dead-end lane turning L just before the narrow bridge over the Lynher River. Follow this track uphill for c. 1.25 miles to reach a Car Park at a cattle grid at the end of the public road.

Twelve Men’s Moor starts here. There are many sites to be explored from here: They include Cairns, a Cist, the Pyramid Stone and a Settlement on Twelve Men’s Moor, an unusual Stone Row on Hawk’s Tor Summit and Arthur’s Bed on Trewortha Tor, all in a square kilometre.

Warrior's Rest (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Having just found this entry on 29.03.21 I was investigating the Canmore page. Martin's cup marks were noted in 2005 in an update. There are many other details available including 8 bronze age burials found nearby. Go to Links for Canmore ID 53054.

Windy Edge (Chambered Cairn)

Visited 26.05.12

According to survey work carried out in 1993 by RCAHMS (see details in Canmore ID 67899 in Links) the two separate cairns at Windy Edge should be regarded as one long cairn measuring c. 75m on a WNW-ESE axis. They found an underlying stone layer in the gap between the cairns by probing the ground. The missing centre of the long cairn may be explained by traces of peat cutting in this area.

Wells of the Rees (Sacred Well)

The Wells of the Rees are three springs, long since dried up, located within the ruins of Killgallioch Church. It is signposted off the New Luce to Bargrennan stage of the Southern Upland Way. If you park in the layby short of Balmurrie farm it is at least a 5 mile walk to the Well of the Rees. Of course there are Cairn na Gath, the Beehive Bothy and Laggangarn Stones to visit in between, so at 2.5 miles walked per site visited it is good value.

Trezelland Two Stones (Standing Stones)

Visited 16.03.14

On the SW edge of Hendra Downs there is a pair of earthbound stones in a corner of a field c, 200 yards NW of Trezelland Farm. The stones are set like a portal, broad sides facing one another on a low mound They are around 3.5 feet high with a 3 feet gap between them. Several smaller stones are exposed above the grass in the gap. The stones look more like structural remnants of a cairn than a pair of standing stones.

Tullochgorum cairn (Clava Cairn)

Visited 20.03.12

Canmore ID 15443 (go to Links) gives a full description of Tullochgorum cairn. They stated it was probably a Clava Cairn.

Stalldown Stone Row (Stone Row / Alignment)

In its isolated situation in the Modern World, Stalldown Stone Row would seem to be an ancient monument frozen in time. However, Historic England states that Stalldown Stone Row is in an area where peat has been cut so the stone row may not be as original as it appears. In fact, Historic England speculates that many of the stones may have been restored in slightly different locations.

Clachan Ceann Ile (Standing Stone / Menhir)

I agree with Canmore ID 38030 regarding the mismatch of the two stones. They are as much Twins as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito!
Clachan Cean Ile I has a tall slender profile with a dressed flat surface opposite a natural round surface. Traditionally such stones are part of a stone circle with the smooth surface facing inwards.
Clachan Cean Ile II is a large squat boulder seeming to be a marker rather than part of a stone setting.

Peatshiel Sike (Standing Stone / Menhir)

There should be a reason for a standing stone to be sited in its particular location. Looking at Peatshiel Sike I thought the profile of the stone viewed from SW mimics the summit profile of Bodesbeck Law.
Alternatively the stones E-W orientation may suggest a lunar standstill in between Saddle Yoke and Carrifran Gans summits.

Weetwood Moor (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

There is a cornucopia of Rock Art pictures of Weetwood Moor, 11 individual sets of pictures listed under Weetwood, Wooler at the end of the Northumberland section of the BRAC website (go to Links).
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