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052 Standing Stone, Hillhouse, Torphichen.

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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.

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Quick Info
Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Bathgate
Nearest Village: Armadale
Landranger Sheet 65
O.S. Explorer Sheet 349
Grid Reference: NS 9245 6984
GPS Reference: HILLHS

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