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013 Stone Circle, Nine Stone Rig, Cranshaws.

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Description
'The Nine Stones' comprises a group of only eight stones located on the south-east facing slope of Ninestone Rig above the Kingside Burn. The stones probably form the remains of a stone circle, estimated at approx. 6.50m in diameter and the stones are all irregular in shape and position.

Directions
Taking the B6355 east from Gifford stop near the electricity pylons at the entrance to Mayshiel Farm. Follow the fence line down to Kingside Burn then head east, keeping to the fence. Cross Kingside Burn and head directly north towards Ninestone Rig. The stones are fairly obvious. There are faint trails through the heather leading to the stones.

Parking
On verge at roadside, beside pylons.

Folklore
It is believed that some treasure is hidden beneath these stones and various attempts, all unsuccessful, have been made to find it. The disturbed ground inside the circle may be evidence of this.

Fieldnotes
The stone circle on Nine Stone Rig is not what you would expect, being simply a small collection of  irregular stones forming a loose circle. You might be disappointed if you were expecting more but in this neck of the woods, this is the best you are going to find. To be honest, I found this quite an exciting discovery but there's more to any stone circle than the stones themselves. Ask yourself a few questions and think about what the answers might be. Is this really a stone circle or the remains of a burial cairn? What did the people who constructed it do here?

While surfing the Internet one day, I happened to look at an old map of the above area and was interested to see that the area of moorland directly to the north of Ninestone Rig has a couple of interesting place names. Both Tipperstone Rig and Ragstone Rig can be seen. Could these names hint at further possible stones in the area, perhaps now lost? A possible explanation for "Ragstone" comes from geology and refers to a type of rock used as a building material. As there are a number of old quarries in the area, this may be relevant.

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Quick Info
Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Duns
Nearest Village: Cranshaws
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 67
O.S. Explorer Sheet 345
Grid Reference: NT 6254 6549
GPS Reference: NINESR

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Other Sites Nearby
007 Crow Stones, Nine Stone Rig, Cranshaws.
012 Packman's Grave, Whiteadder Reservoir.

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