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017 Torhouse Stone Circle, Wigtown.

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Also known as the Standing Stones of Torhouse this 19m diameter stone circle consists of some 19 large granite boulders, ranging in height from 0.60m to 1.45m. There are three large upright stones in the centre of the circle known as King Gauldus's Tomb, Galdus being a mythical Scottish king. This type of stone circle is most commonly found in north-east Scotland and is therefore unusual for this area.

This is one of the easiest stone circle to get to and also to explore. From Wigtown take the B733 west towards Kirkcowan. After about 3 miles the circle is quite visible on your left, situated behind a dry stone wall.

There is a small roadside parking area with space for 2 or 3 cars at the circle.

Fine, sunny weather greeted us when we visited this site during our annual summer visit to this part of Dumfries & Galloway. Unfortunately, while this allowed us to enjoy our picnic basking in warm sunshine, it also took away much of the atmosphere that is seen at this site when the weather is less forgiving. There were also lots of other visitors to spoil the solitude of the place. However, the circle is a fine example and well worth visiting, being so easy to reach by car or bicycle. If you look to the north east across the road you will see a further stone setting, one I was unable to visit due to some rather frisky bovines! A single stone can also be see to the south east.

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Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Wigtown
Landranger Sheet 83
O.S. Explorer Sheet 311
Grid Reference: NX 3825 5649
GPS Reference: TORHSE

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