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006 Whitecastles Stone Circle, Lockerbie.

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Description
Despite the size of this circle, some 50m in diameter, it is easily missed as all the stone appear to have fallen, although it has been suggested that they were never erected and that the circle was never completed. There are nine stones in total of various sizes and shapes with the largest (see image) measuring 2.10m by 1.70m by 0.60m. The circle is located on gently sloping west-facing ground in a forest clearing, although at the time of visit, the area had been clear felled. A large outlier over 2.50m long can be located about 20m to the south west.

Directions
Whitecastles forest is located north of the B7068 running between Lockerbie and Langholm. Take a minor road north at Paddockhole and enter the forest at Corrie Common. The best way to reach the stones is to follow the forest trails either on foot or by mountain bike. There are various way-marked trails through the forest.

Parking
At Corrie Common area.

Fieldnotes
I actually almost walked past this circle before noticing the stones lying in the long grass. All the remaining stones are visible and the outlier can also be seen about 20m to the rest, again lying recumbent. While it has been suggested this stone is an outlier to the circle it might also be a stone destined for the circle but did not reach the stone before it was abandoned. Good views to the north east and south west. There are a number of large boulders in the vicinity of the outlier, forming a rough circle but this might only be coincidence.

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Quick Info
Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Lockerbie
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 79
O.S. Explorer Sheet 323
Grid Reference: NY 2240 8806.
GPS Reference: WHITEC

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