Black Knowe Cairn, Dere Street, Hownam.
This cairn is around 8.00m in diameter and has 5 large boulders
on its circumference, one of which is now recumbent. A further 4
boulders lie in the immediate area and have presumably been
removed from the cairn. It has been suggested that these may
have formed an outer circle although this has not been proven.
An possible standing stone lies 75m to the north east, across
the dry stone dyke and is possibly another stone which formed
part of the perimeter of the cairn.
This site is best reached by following Dere Street, the Roman
Road. Take the minor road running south from Hownam then head
right for Oxnam. Dere Street is crossed at Pennymuir Forest, at
the junction leading to Towford Outdoor Centre. On foot or by
mountain bike, follow Dere Street north until Black Knowe is
reached. The cairn can be seen just to the left of the track. Note
that parts of the route are very wet and boggy and sturdy footwear
On verge beside Pennymuir Forest.
The stones at this cairn are quite large in size and this would
have been quite a substantial cairn in its time, however, most
of the smaller stones have vanished, probably now to be found in
the dry stone walls in the location. The standing stone across
the wall is probably connected with this cairn.