Stone, Galabraes, Bathgate.
The solitary standing stone occupies a conspicuous position on
the summit of an exposed ridge a mile or so north of Bathgate
and reaches a height of 1.50m. Just to the west of the existing
stone the filled-in socket hole of a second stone can be seen.
The second stone was fragmentary and has since been removed.
Take a minor road north from Bathgate, signposted for and heading
for Cairnpapple Hill. The stone can be seen in the field to the
By side of road at junction.
I always find it sad when I visit a location where one or more
stones were known to have stood there and have in recent times
been removed or destroyed. This is one of those sites. You can
even still see the depression in the ground a few metres west of
the present stone indicating where the other stone once stood.
The stump of the other stone, along with broken fragments, was
recorded as being present in 1903, when the father of Mr Carlaw,
the farmer of Gala Braes, found human bones when digging at the
base of this stone.