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066 Buck Stone, Buckstone Rig, Newcastleton.

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The Buck Stone, Hermitage, stands on Buckstone Rig, around 500m north of Hermitage and 160m from the right bank of the Whitrope Burn. It is a wedge-shaped slab of limestone, set with its major axis north west and south east and its sharp edge pointing south east.  Rising to a level top at a height of 1.00m, the stone is wedge-shaped in section, measuring a maximum of 1.00m in breadth and tapering from 0.60m in thickness to no more than 0.10m on the south east face. The upper surface is deeply pitted by weathering.

From Hawick, take the B6399 for Hermitage and Newcastleton. The stone is on the hillside less than one mile from Hermitage.

On grass verge on the upstream side of the bridge over the Whitrope Burn.

The purpose of The Buck Stone will probably never be known. It sits on a commanding position above the Whitrope Burn and can be seen from the stone circle on Ninestone Rig, 1.5 miles to the north east. Another possible standing stone in the vicinity is on Graystone hill to the south west, although I have yet to visit this stone and cannot be sure if any line-of-sight exists. The remains of a possible trackway (drainage channel?) exists just a few metres uphill of the stone and might be significant.

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Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Hawick
Landranger Sheet 79
O.S. Explorer Sheet 324
Grid Reference: NT 5050 9622
GPS Reference: BUCKS2

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