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010 Drumtroddan Standing Stones, Monreith.

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The standing stones at Drumtroddan Farm are situated on the crest of a gently rolling hill not far from Monreith House, Port William, in Dumfries & Galloway. There are three stones at this location with two still standing, both reaching over 3.00m in height. The third stone lies fallen between the two uprights. It is recorded that four stones once stood here but no trace of the lost stone has been found. It has been suggested that solstice alignments may exist as the stones line up with the midsummer sunrise in the northwest and the midwinter sunset in the south west.

From Port William in Dumfries & Galloway, take the B7085 east, then the B7021 towards Whithorn. Continue past the Lodge house for Monreith House. You will notice a gate on your left leading into a field. The stone are located at the top of the hill.

Parking is very restricted in this area although there is space for a single vehicle beside the track leading through Bruntland Plantation. Alternatively, parking is available at Drumtroddan farm, for a small fee.

I have been unable to locate any folklore connected with this site but did notice on my visit that a few coins had been places into a small slot in the side of the south west stone. Obviously someone still regards the stones with reverence. I would also have left an offering but had nothing with me to leave!

The whole area around this site is littered with prehistoric remains. Not far to the north lie some splendid cup and ring marked rocks and there are standing stones at three separate locations only a mile or so to the south.

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Type: Standing Stones
Nearest Town: Whithorn
Nearest Village: Monreith
Landranger Sheet 83
O.S. Explorer Sheet 311
Grid Reference: NX 3644 4430
GPS Reference: DRUMTD

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