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014 Chambered Cairn, Boreland, Newton Stewart.

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Boreland Chambered Cairn is a long horned type, possibly of the Clyde group of cairns and despite being somewhat robbed of stones at one end, still reaches a respectable height of over 2.00m. The cairn is around 23.00m long by 15.00m wide. Most noticeable are the massive upright stones forming the facade at the south eastern end of the cairn.

The best way to find this cairn is to obtain a leaflet of shorts walks from the local tourist centre. It gives details of the route to take as well as parking. The site is about a mile north west of Newton Stewart.

At Boreland Lodge.

At the time of my visit the bracken was almost head height and the cairn could have been easily dismissed as simply a pile of stones. If it hadn't been for the leaflet we had obtained from the tourist shop, which showed the location of the cairn, I suspect it may have gone un-noticed as I did not have a detailed map of the location. There are also numerous other large boulders dotted around the hillside, particularly under the oaks further along the trail. None are recorded as having any archaeological meaning but there are worth investigating with an open mind.

Quick Info
Type: Chambered Cairn
Nearest Town: Newton Stewart
Landranger Sheet 83
O.S. Explorer Sheet 319
Grid Reference: NX 4057 6900
GPS Reference: BORECC

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