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057 Stone, Bothwell Water, Cranshaws.

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With a height of 0.80m and a girth of over 4.00m this "wee pebble" can be found beside the track running north alongside Bothwell Water. It does not have any antiquarian associations but I've simply included it here out of interest.

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 stone is 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!

When checking out 056 Stones, Bothwell Water, I immediately noticed this large "pebble" sitting beside the track. What is most noticeable is how well weathered the stone is when compared to the other stones in the area, most of which have sharp but rounded edges. This stone is very well rounded indeed. I'm not sure if it's a glacial erratic or of local volcanic origin. However, it does compare well to another, even larger, stone I've seen in Edinburgh - See 019 Holyrood Park, which I believe is of volcanic origin.

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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: BOTHW2

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