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063 Stone Setting, Bught Rig, Yarrow.

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This stone setting on Bught Rig, comprises a group of sixteen stones, eleven of which lie roughly on the circumference of a circle about 14m in diameter. The largest stone still upright stands to a height of 0.60m and there are only 3 other stones visible, the remainder being overgrown with grass and moss. In spite of this site's dilapidated condition, it is possible to envisage this setting of stones as an ancient stone circle, as has been claimed by other writers. The suggestion that it is associated with a more recent, structure linked to the nearby farm or croft does not seem likely.

Starting at Craig Douglas farm on the A708 Selkirk to Moffat road, a mile or so west of the Gordon Arms. Proceed on foot, or better, by mountain bike, along the dirt road signposted Public Footpath to Peebles. Continue following the valley of the Douglas Burn for 5km, until the sheepfold below Bught Rig. Next, follow the boundary fence up a "very" steep slope for approx 0.50km until a boggy gully is crossed. After another 20 paces (look for blue-rope marker on fence) head directly into the trees, keeping to the same line that the trees follow. This should bring you to a long clearing after less than 100m. The stones are at the south west end.

There is space for careful parking at the track entrance beside Craig Douglas farm, just off the A708.

Be warned, this is not an easy location to get to and actually find when you get there. After a 5km hike along a hard-packed trail, an arduous climb using both hands and feet up a very steep hill and finally an exhausting thrash through 100m of  20 year old conifers and knee-deep peat bogs, you will finally stumble upon this plain stone setting. I suppose it's nothing fantastic but the sheer effort involved in getting there, gives a great sense of achievement. A look at place-name meanings behind Bught Rig does reveal some interesting possibilities. "Bught is taken to be a house or hut for sheep, with "Rig" meaning ridge.

There is a second stone setting known as the "Douglas Stones" about 200m to the south east of the above location. While this location is recorded by RCAHMS as having been destroyed by forestry, four members of the Hawick 50+ Walking Group, namely Jennifer Payne, Margaret Smith, Wendy Young and Anne-Marie have reported to me that the "Douglas Stones" are alive and well. A site visit is planned for the near future. My thanks to Jennifer and her gang of young lassies for this information.

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Type: Stone Setting
Nearest Town: Selkirk
Nearest Village: Yarrowford
Landranger Sheet 73
O.S. Explorer Sheet 337
Grid Reference: NT 2685 2876
GPS Reference: BUGHT1

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