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049 Cairn, Borrowstone Rig, Lauder.

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The remains of a 14m diameter burial cairn can be found to the west of the sheep fold beside Borrowston Rig Stone Circle. The cairn only reaches a height of 0.60m at best and has probably been robbed to build the dry-stone sheep fold nearby. Of notable interest are two large stone slabs set on edge, the largest reaching almost 1.00m high. The size and arrangement of these two earth-fast stones suggests that the cairn covered a small, megalithic, non-rectangular structure but its precise nature is not evident. There are also six noticeable marks and depressions on the largest of the two stones. Some resemble cup marks but they may also be due to natural weathering.

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 cairn's location is the dry stone sheep fold. The stones of the cairn can be seen near the fence.

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

This most interesting site was found during my initial visit to 048 Borrowstone Rig Stone Circle and is worth a visit in it's own right. In fact, the stones are larger and more interesting than those of the stone circle itself. A point worth noting here, is there can often be additional and sometimes better stones in and around the area you have set our to visit. Always keep an eye open for additional stones and scan the horizon and surround area with binoculars.

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Quick Info
Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Lauder
Landranger Sheet 66
O.S. Explorer Sheet 345
Grid Reference: NT 5577 5223
GPS Reference: BOROW2

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