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074 Stone Circle, Hawkshaw, Tweedsmuir.

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This small stone setting, described as a stone circle by Burl but marked on O.S. maps as a cairn, stands on a low narrow ridge on the south side of the River Tweed, about 600m downstream of Hawkshaw, Tweedsmuir. The area is studded with small boulders of varying sizes but there are three large, earth fast boulders, the highest reaching 0.45m in height. RCAHMS describes the setting as probably being the remains of a cremation cemetery of the 2nd millennium BC. However, the remains do not readily fall into the context of either a stone circle or a cremation cemetery although the latter seems more probable. They could equally be the remains of a cairn.

The location is off the A701 Moffat road, south of Tweedsmuir. The stones can be seen with binoculars from the roadside.

Permission to visit this location was not granted when sought at Hawkshaw, the location of the only bridge crossing the Tweed in this area. However, for those wishing a closer inspection, the easiest route is to park opposite the stones and wade across the river, which runs quite low during the summer months.

There are a number of small lay-bys along the A701 opposite the stones.

An attempt to visit this location was foiled when a rather strange old lady, who was having an animated conversation with a horse, at Hawkshaw, refused permission to either park in the area or even cross the bridge to walk to the site. A return visit, approaching the site from another direction, is planned for the coming summer.

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Quick Info
Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Moffat
Nearest Village: Tweedsmuir
Landranger Sheet 72
O.S. Explorer Sheet 336
Grid Reference: NT 0803 2279
GPS Reference: HAWKSC

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007 Giant's Stone, Menzion, Tweedsmuir.

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