014 Wallace's Putting Stone, Galashiels.
Wallace's Putting Stone is located on the summit of Meigle Hill
to the west of Galashiels and is an enormous glacial erratic
boulder over 1.20m high. The stone is covered in modern graffiti
some showing dates over 100 years old. There are a number of
natural erratic boulders located in this area and the stone
shown above is the largest found in the area and has been taken
to be the stone referred to.
Starting from Clovenfords, head for Meigle Farm on the Galashiels
side of the village. Follow the access track for the transmitter
mast on Meigle Hill. Note that the stone is situated at a height
of 423m and involves a strenuous climb. The stone is quite
difficult to find, being hidden in thick forestry with numerous
fallen trees. However, there is a collapsed walled enclosure to
the west of the trig point and the stone is located towards the
north-west end under some large pines trees.
Note: GPS receivers may not work correctly at
this location due to the surrounding woodland.
Vehicles may be parking in Clovenfords.
Other than the possible connection with William Wallace,
this taken from the name of the stone, no folklore or other
traditions have been found associated with this stone.
There are numerous likely candidates on the top of Meigle Hill
that could be taken for Wallace's Putting Stone but you need to
get into the wood to find the right one. The stone is within the
area formed by a collapsed dry stone wall, at the north east
side. It's an impressive stone and fitting to be associated with
this Scottish legend.