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002 White Stone, Innerleithen Road, Peebles.

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Description
The White Stone is a glacial erratic of white quartz with some impurity veins, measuring about 1.00m by 0.70m and having a girth of about 2.50m. The stone has been set up on a pedestal, immediately opposite the entrance to Peebles Hotel Hydro, in a small alcove formed in the stone boundary-wall on the south side of the A 72 road to Innerleithen. Older maps of the area show the location as "Whyte Knowe" A plaque on the wall next to the stone displays the following text:

"So called because it is a quartz rock believed to have been carried to this location during the Ice Age. The White Stone is frequently referred to in the records of the Burgh of Peebles. It became the spot where visitors were welcomed by the magistrates on their entry to the town and where parting guests drank from the stirrup cup."

Directions
From Station Road car park in Peebles, walk south towards the town centre. Immediately turn left and follow Innerleithen Road running to the west. Cross over the road at the roundabout and continue. The stone is situated on the south side of the road (A72) opposite the entrance to Peebles Hotel Hydro.

Parking
There are numerous car parks in the town.

Folklore
This stone is an ancient boundary stone of the burgh of Peebles, and in 1462 it is referred to as:

 "The Quhyt Stane on the north half of the gat rekand to the Wenlaw".

You can work that one out for yourself!

To date, no other folklore has been found relating to the White Stone, but it is interesting to note that quartz boulders or stones are often found at ancient sites and, just perhaps, the White Stone may have had some folklore or tradition associated with it in the past, sadly now long forgotten.

Fieldnotes
Despite not being a traditional standing stone, the "Quhyt Stane" is impressive, sitting proud in a small alcove beside a busy main road. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that it has survived for more than 500 years and once served as a boundary stone for the borough of Peebles. The best time to see this stone is at night, under a full moon, when the stone seems to glow with its own inner light. Okay, not really a stone for the megalithic enthusiast but for those with an interest in stones, well worth a visit. Some say that a face if sometimes visible on the stone, if the light is just right!

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Quick Info
Type: Named Boundary Stone
Nearest Town: Peebles
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 73
O.S. Explorer Sheet 337
Grid Reference: NT 2572 4035
GPS Reference: WHITE1

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Other Sites Nearby
005 Standing Stone, Cardrona, Peebles.

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