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048 Stone Circle, Borrowstone Rig, Lauder.

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The stone circle on Borrowston Rig is situated on level and very boggy ground and is more egg-shaped than circular. The overall area encompassed is some 48.00m x 41.00m. There are around 30 stones and further stones are probably overgrown and buried. None of the stones reaches more than 0.60m high and few reach above the heather, resulting in a circle for the enthusiast rather than one for anyone looking for majestic, towering monoliths. One stone can be found 3.10m inside the circle and may be an inlier, of the type seen at Cairnpapple. Two stones, 37.00m to the north west, may mark an alignment with the star Capella. The tall standing stone on Dabshead Hill can be see to the south west.

From Lauder, follow the A697 for Duns. Turn left at High Cross then right at Newbigging Walls. Follow the road to Barncastle Farm. Walk down the track to the valley floor then head directly uphill and across the moor. A good guide for the circle's location is the dry stone sheep fold. An easier route might be had by following the vehicle track that runs west down the valley, then curves up and round Dabshead Hill then takes you along the length of Borrowston Rig.

By roadside at Barncastle Farm or alternatively, request permission to park in the farm yard.

This rather plain and low-lying stone circle does not hints at it's apparent complexity. It has been theorised that the layout of the circle, which is more egg-shaped than round, has been based on a unit of measurement known as the megalithic yard, equal to 0.829m. The setting measures 46m x 43m with most of the stones lying on a true circle of 50 megalithic yards but the western segment has been formed on the arc of a separate circle of 31 megalithic yards in diameter whose circumference passes through the centre of the larger circle. The perimeter of the setting was determined by straight lines joining the outer arcs of the overlapping circles.

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Quick Info
Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Lauder
Landranger Sheet 66
O.S. Explorer Sheet 345
Grid Reference: NT 5576 5231
GPS Reference: BRWRSC

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049 Cairn, Borrowstone Rig, Lauder.
050 Standing Stone, Dabshead Hill, Lauder.

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