Torhouse Stone Circle, Wigtown.
Also known as the Standing Stones of Torhouse this 19m diameter
stone circle consists of some 19 large granite boulders, ranging
in height from 0.60m to 1.45m. There are three large upright
stones in the centre of the circle known as King Gauldus's Tomb,
Galdus being a mythical Scottish king. This type of stone circle is most commonly found in north-east Scotland and is therefore unusual for this area.
This is one of the easiest stone circle to get to and also to
explore. From Wigtown take the B733 west towards Kirkcowan. After
about 3 miles the circle is quite visible on your left, situated
behind a dry stone wall.
There is a small roadside parking area with space for 2 or 3 cars
at the circle.
Fine, sunny weather greeted us when we visited this site during
our annual summer visit to this part of Dumfries & Galloway.
Unfortunately, while this allowed us to enjoy our picnic basking
in warm sunshine, it also took away much of the atmosphere that
is seen at this site when the weather is less forgiving. There
were also lots of other visitors to spoil the solitude of the
place. However, the circle is a fine example and well worth
visiting, being so easy to reach by car or bicycle.
If you look to the north east across the road you will see a
further stone setting, one I was unable to visit due to some
rather frisky bovines! A single stone can also be see to the