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007 Cairnholy I, Kirkdale, Creetown.

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One of a pair of Clyde-type chambered cairns, Cairnholy I is located near the farm of the same name just off the A75 between Gatehouse of Fleet and Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway. Cairnholy I is the larger and too many, the most impressive of the two at this site. A small chamber can be seen and although the original capstone is missing this is more than made up for by the magnificent stone facade. The site has been excavated and a number of finds can be seen at the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The site is signposted from the A75 between Gatehouse of Fleet and Newton Stewart. Follow the very narrow, single track road until the cairns are reached.

There is parking for a few cars at Cairnholy I.

Despite being heavily robbed of its stonework, this chambered cairn is still impressive. That is if you are able to get the place to yourself and it very much forms part of the local tourist circuit. At the time of my visit two other parties were in attendance and the noise and cigarette smoke did not add to the ambience of the site. A second chambered cairn, Cairnholy II, can be seen about 150m further along the farm track.

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Type: Chambered Cairn
Nearest Town: Newton Stewart
Nearest Village: Creetown
Landranger Sheet 83
O.S. Explorer Sheet 312
Grid Reference: NX 5181 5403
GPS Reference: CNHLY1

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