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026 Cat Stane, Inch, Edinburgh.

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The Cat Stane does not look like a traditional standing stone and is rather smaller than normal, but its position suggests that it may be accepted as one. The stone is comprised of red sandstone which has been roughly dressed for use as a gate post and stands 1.5m high and 0.5m broad at base. The Cat Stane originally stood near the junction of the Dalkeith and Liberton roads at Nether Liberton farm, but was removed at the beginning of the 19th century, when the road was widened, and lay in the field opposite until in 1891, when it was built into the wall on the road to Greenend at Nether Liberton, re-occupying its original position. It was afterwards taken by the proprietor of Inch House, who set it up in its present position, on the summit of a conspicuous knoll, within the present school grounds.

Kingsinch School is located to the east side of Edinburgh and the use of street plan is highly recommended. The stone is located within the school grounds and permission should be sought before entering.

There is no charge for parking along most of the streets in the area.

The Cat Stane is not quite what you would expect a standing stone to be, being rather thin and I was at first suspicious that this was simple an old gate post. However, there does seem to be a history behind the stone which does give it some authenticity. Furthermore, when we look at words and meanings, we find that this stone has nothing to do with furry felines, as "cat" also means footpath, track or drove road. The fact that this stone once stood near the junction of the Dalkeith and Liberton roads at Nether Liberton farm, suggests its original purpose to be that of a marker stone. Edinburgh this way, perhaps!

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Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Edinburgh
Landranger Sheet 66
O.S. Explorer Sheet 350
Grid Reference: NT 2745 7068
GPS Reference: CATSTN

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