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005 Stone, Loupin' Stanes, Eskdalemuir.

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Description
Between 003 Girdlestanes and 004 Loupin' Stanes, both stone circles, can be found a number of large widely spaces erratic boulders, some of considerable size. The largest is shown in the photograph, with the Loupin' Stanes in the background and measures 1.90m long x 1.50m wide x 1.10m high and is of an irregular shape. It has been suggested that this and the other stones nearby may once have formed an avenue of stones between the two stone circles noted above. This stone is not recorded as an antiquity.

Directions
This stone is located off the B709 running south from Eskdalemuir to Langholm and about 100m from the Hart Manor Hotel. Cross the style and proceed across the field to the stones. Please note that this field may contain livestock and dogs should be left elsewhere.

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

Fieldnotes
While it does take some imagination to see this alignment, it does seem worthwhile documenting the possibility here as you have to ask yourself why these stones have been left in-situ and not removed from the field. There is a small knoll situated between the two circles and the avenue would have lead over this providing a possible "power" line for energy flowing between the circles.

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Quick Info
Type: Stone Alignment
Nearest Town: Langholm
Nearest Village: Eskdalemuir
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 79
O.S. Explorer Sheet 323
Grid Reference: NY 2567 9657
GPS Reference: SSLOUP

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