049 Stone Circle, Penshiel, Cranshaws.
The four large prostrate stones at this site have been claimed
to be the remains of a demolished stone circle. Three of the
stones lie in a straight line with the largest of the three
measuring some 1.80m long x 0.75m wide and an estimated 0.50m
thick. The second of the larger stones is slightly smaller. Two
other stones can be seen but are almost hidden by vegetation. A
row of large boulders can be seen nearby and were claimed by
earlier observers to possibly have an association with the
From the B6355 running between Gifford and Cranshaws, leave your
vehicle at the cattle grid to the north west end of Whiteadder
Reservoir. Follow the single track road on foot or by bicycle
towards Penshiel and Priestlaw (also marked as Herring Road). The
stone can be seen on the right not long after Penshiel and after
passing the Chapel Stone.
On verge by cattle grid at sign for Whiteadder Reservoir. There is
a sign stating that vehicles are not permitted along the single
track road to Penshiel but you could always ask!
Although it does take some stretch of the imagination to see
anything resembling a stone circle here, the stones themselves
are certainly large enough for the purpose and with other stones
settings and circles in the area (See 007, 013 & 017), it
would not surprise me if this was indeed a lost stone circle. As
with my visit to 048 Chapel Stone, which was in fact the same
day, the weather was against me and the thick mist and drizzle
did not encourage extensive exploration of the area. Just the
excuse for another visit, but next time when the sun is shining!