Standing Stone, Hillhouse, Torphichen.
This small standing stone lies along the crest of a ridge, just
above a small wooded area to the south west of Nether Hillhouse
farm. The stone has been toppled and is partially buried in long
grass and nettles making it difficult to find. The stone
measures approximately 1.50m long x 1.00m wide. An estimate of
the thickness of the stone would be around 0.35m. CANMORE
records this standing stone a being noted on the 1st edition of
the OS 6-inch map, (Linlithgowshire, 1854-5), sheet VIII. It is
likely that the stone may have been standing at this time.
From the centre of Armadale, take a minor road junction just
opposite the school and follow the road until a small quarry
opposite New Hillhouse. Leave your vehicle there and walk back
down the road until opposite the small wood mentioned above. Cross
into the field and follow the fence line above the wood. The stone
may be found about 10.00m from the edge of the wood.
At entrance to small quarry opposite New Hillhouse cottages.
Not much can be said about the stone itself but what can be
found inside the small wood is of some interest. The wood is
literally full of large rounded boulders, some forming dykes and
possibly the remains of other structures or enclosures. Some
stones may be from field clearances but they may also have been
associated with the standing stone in times gone by.