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009 Caves of Kilhern, New Luce.

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Description
The Caves of Kilhern are actually a much-robbed and disturbed long chambered cairn which is overgrown with bracken and heather. It measures some 34.00m long by 20.00m wide at the north eastern end and 11.00m wide on the south west end and reaches an overall height of about 1.70m. The cairn contains the remains of four chambers with indications of a possible fifth. The cairn is not obvious at first glance, looking like a pile of stones but a signpost by the track indicates the direction to take.

Directions
Starting at New Luce in Dumfries & Galloway, park your vehicle outside the village hall and proceed south, taking the first tarmac road on the left. After about one mile you will cross the Southern Upland Way. Follow the Way south for about one quarter mile where a timber post indicates the cairn to the left. Follow the south east side of the dry stone wall to the cairn. Note, there is a local designated walk taking in this route and leaflets are available from local tourist centres.

Parking
There is no parking at the site and vehicles should be left in New Luce.

Fieldnotes
I was actually on holiday at the time of this visit and myself and my wife had picked up a leaflet of walks from the tourist office. We found the cairn quiet easily and the setting is rather splendid with wide open views all around. The atmosphere of the place is good but was slightly spoiled by people working on something nearby. A good time to visit this site would be when the mist was rolling across the moorland with the cry of a curlew your only company. I would have liked to spent some time alone here as I felt there was more to the site than appears at first glance.

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Quick Info
Type: Chambered Cairn
Nearest Town: Stranraer
Nearest Village: New Luce
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 82
O.S. Explorer Sheet 310
Grid Reference: NX 1984 6441
GPS Reference: KILHRN

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