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056 Stones, Bothwell Water, Cranshaws.

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This large group of stones sits between Bothwell Water and a farm track leading to Caldercleuch and comprises some sizeable stones, the largest around 1.00m high. Some of the stones seem to be set on edge and there are numerous smaller stones in and around the setting. One of the larger slabs has a number of "cup marks" although these are likely to be of natural origin. The largest of the stones also has cup-marks but these are much more advanced and have actually formed pockets in the stone.

Take a minor road north of Cranshaws leading to Bothwell. Just before Crichness a farm track heads up the Bothwell Water towards Crystal Knowe. Leave vehicle as noted below and proceed on foot upstream following the rough track. The stones are located just beyond the rocky scarp face on the right.

At side of road on either side of bridge noted above. Please take care not to block any farm access. Note the ground may be wet and muddy, so be careful not to get your vehicle bogged down!

It was actually a posting by Martin on "The Modern Antiquarian" that drew my attention to this site. I had been in the area exploring Ragstone Rig, near Nine Stone Rig Stone Circle and had time to check out Martin's cup and ring marks. I'm fairly certain that the cup marks are due to natural origin and while it has been suggested that the stones are reminiscent of a stone circle, the setting is not in keeping with similar circles in the area.

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Type: Other Stone
Nearest Town: Duns
Nearest Village: Longformacus
O.S. Landranger Sheet 67

O.S. Explorer Sheet 345
Grid Reference: NT 6765 6598
GPS Reference: BOTHW1

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