Cloven Stone, Holylee, Walkerburn.
This large cubic stone stands on a rocky hillside between
Holylee House and Thornylee Forest. The stone measures around
1.00m on each side and has been fractured into three large
fragments, possibly by lightning. The stone is larger than any
of the other stones on the hillside and would have been most
noticeable when complete. It has been included here purely out
of interest due to its unusual shape and fractured status. Stone
From the parking area at Thornylee Forest, ascend onto the forest
access road and continue left. The trail ends at a large turning area,
there proceed through the wood and cross the fence into the open
hill side. The stone is about half way up the centre of the slope.
Please note the grid ref given was been estimated from the map.
Parking at picnic area at Thornylee Forest.
I found this stone when following up information on two possible
standing stones at Gate Hope, not far up river from this
location. The large stone here was immediately obvious and drew
my attention. While it is unlikely to have any prehistoric
significance, it is quite an impressive specimen in its own
right and the way it has been "cloven" into three
large segments is quite interesting. Also of interest amongst
the rocky slope of the hill, is an area which appears to have
been deliberately scooped out to form what might be taken to be
the base of a hut circle. However, this is purely conjecture.
The O.S Map also shows a Holy Well just above the lower area of