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001 Standing Stone, Tuilyies, Culross.

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The largest of the stones in this setting stands some distance from the other three stones, reaches a height of 2.70m and measures 1.40m wide by 0.50m thick. The stone is deeply weathered with a number of perpendicular grooves running vertically. The narrow faces of the stone are aligned north-east and south-west. On the east face, the lower portion is covered with cup marks of varying sizes and depths. The stone is composed of a grey sandstone, differing from the other stones nearby which are of whinstone. The stone also stands in a sunken depression, extending about 1.00m round the stone. Other than the suggestion that this is due to cattle, no alternative suggestions come to mind.

From Dunfermline, take the A994 west towards Kincardine. After Cairneyhill, follow the A985(T). The stone will be visible on the left after about one mile, next to the roadside lay-by.

There is a lay-by immediately adjacent to the stones on the A985(T).

The name 'Tuilyies' is a corruption of the Scots word 'tulzie' which signifies a fight, and the stones are said to mark the graves of chiefs who fell in an alleged battle here.

It has been claimed that the stone, along with the three others nearby, formed a large stone circle. However, from the present location of the stones this does seem unlikely, although not impossible. My view is that the largest of the stone forms a single standing stone and the other stones being the remains of stone circle or stone setting. Take away the busy and noisy main road, and you will certainly support the view that the site once held some sacred meaning back in the Bronze Age.

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Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Dunfermline
Nearest Village: Torryburn
Landranger Sheet 65
O.S. Explorer Sheet 367
Grid Reference: NT 0291 8658
GPS Reference: TULYSS

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