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012 Hole Stone, Crouse, Wigtown.

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The Hole Stone is a large granite boulder standing alone in a cultivated field about one mile south west of Torhouse Stone Circle. The stone reaches about 1.50m high and has a circumference of over 3.00m near the centre. The "hole" can be seen about 0.35m from the top of the stone and a small hand may be passed through. Prior to 1875 a second stone stood some 15 m to the east but this second stone no longer exists.

From Wigtown, take the A714 east for Bladnoch. After crossing the River Bladnoch, turn right onto the B7005. Continue for about two miles then turn right onto the B7052. The stone may be seen in the fields to the right, just after Crouse Farm.

Please note that this field may be under cultivation and should you wish to inspect the stone close-up, please walk around the field perimeter and then make your way along the rows between crops or along the tracker tracks to avoid damage.

The is no parking in area but a vehicle may be left with care at the roadside.

The Hole Stone is well worth a visit in it's own right but when you consider that there are a number of other stones within a mile or so at Torhouse, one wonders just what connections may have once existed between these ancient sites. The fact that a second stone is known to have existed nearby, within 15m, might indicate this site was once something greater than we see today.

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Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Wigtown
Nearest Village: Kirkcowan
Landranger Sheet 83
O.S. Explorer Sheet 311
Grid Reference: NX 3658 5573
GPS Reference: HOLST1

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