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004 Loupin' Stanes, Eskdalemuir.

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Description
The Loupin' Stones or Loupin' Stanes consist of an irregular circle of 12 stones, two of the largest stones reaching 1.60m, forming a "gateway" to the south west. The circle is constructed on a flat topped raised mound and overlooks the River White Esk some 250m to the west. The circle is more oval than circular and has an overall diameter of around 10.00m.

Directions
The stones are located off the B709 running south from Eskdalemuir to Langholm, about 100m from the Hart Manor Hotel. Cross the style and proceed across the field to the stones.

Parking
There is a small parking area just south of the above hotel, with enough space for 2 or 3 cars. The stones are visible from here. A style has to be crossed to reach the stones.

Fieldnotes
Of interest at this circle was what is presumably an offering, composed of a 250mm diameter entwined circle of ivy, placed between the two largest "gateway" stones. Placed within the circle of ivy was a small wedge shaped piece of local whinstone with a piece of red ribbon tied round it. Other fragments of the same stone were also found nearby. A small length of blue wool was also noticed along with a magpie tail feather, although this latter item may be natural. Also of interest are the many stones scattered around the main circle. One group of stones can be seen towards the river with the other towards the road. It has been suggested that both these may be the remains of additional circles although this has yet to be investigated fully.

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Quick Info 
Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Langholm
Nearest Village: Eskdalemuir
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 79
O.S. Explorer Sheet 323
Grid Reference: NY 2570 9663
GPS Reference: LOUPIN

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