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020 Standing Stone, Lochend, Newbridge.

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This massive standing stone sits by the busy A8 road in an industrial estate. The stone is partly hidden by scrubs and stands around 3.00m high. My first impression of this stone was of sadness, that it now stands neglected and forgotten. Much of its grandeur is lost by the surroundings. Has been referred to as the Lochend Longstone.

Take the A8 from Edinburgh and turn in at Ratho Station, then right and right again into the Industrial Estate. Make your way to the north west corner. The stone is behind the building nearest the road.

Car park at factory beside stone.

Its a shame that this magnificent standing stone has now been almost swamped by urban development. Surrounded on three sides by an industrial estate and the forth by the bust A8 feeder road to the Edinburgh - Glasgow motorway. It is a miracle that it has survived. Its an impressive stone despite the surrounding and its not difficult to imagine it standing in an ancient landscape, and just possibly, forming an important place in a larger ritual complex of stones of which only the three standing stones on Huly Hill, a few hundred metres to the west, still survive.

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Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Edinburgh
Nearest Village: Newbridge
Landranger Sheet 66
O.S. Explorer Sheet 350
Grid Reference: NT 1266 7264
GPS Reference: LOCHND

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