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002 Stone Setting, Tuilyies, Culross.

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There are three stones in this setting with a single standing stone located to the north (001). The stones are of hard grey whinstone, are very irregular in shape and size and are set in the form of a small triangle. The largest of the three stones measures, 1.95m high x 0.45m square, the middle stone comes in at 1.75m high x 0.75m thick x 1.25m wide and the final stone is 0.95m high x 0.75m thick x 0.95m wide. It does seem likely that some stones are missing.

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. (See also 001)

The setting is located on a flat area of ground with good clear views to the Firth of Firth to the south and the ground slopes away steeply from just a few metres to the south. The site would have been obviously visible from lower ground. What the stone setting is, or was, is difficult to determine and the dull and wet weather at the time of my visit did not help much. A return visit, during more clement weather, is planned.

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

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