Torhouse Stone Circle
Dumfries and Galloway
Also known as the standing stones of Torhouse. It is set on a raised mound in the gently undulating landscape of the Bladnoch valley and is one of the best preserved and complete stone circles in the UK.
Images were taken on film camera and scanned.
A circle 19m across, and having 19 rounded granite boulders varying from 0.6m to 1.45m high, it is on a raised platform made from smaller stones
Three upright stones are in the centre. Its central stones are in an alignment facing Cairnsmore (summer solstice sunrise) and the Fell of Barhullion (winter solstice sunset).
The three large upright stones in the centre of the circle are known as King Gauldus's Tomb.
This type of stone circle is most commonly found in north-east Scotland (Kincardineshire and Aberdeenshire) and is therefore unusual for this area. Similar ones are also said to be found in southwest Ireland.
Thought to date from 2000BC-1500BC.
If you approach from Wigmore you will see a stone row first.
This is a very quiet location, you are likely to have the stone circle to yourself for some time.
The 19 stones is the same number of stones as a number of other stone circles, see Merry Maidens, Cornwall. It has been suggested that 19 would have been an important number for a people who celebrated the path of the moon through the great lunar cycle.
What do we know of King Gauldus
Galdus is a a mythical Scottish king, but he is also said to be burred in Cairnholy 2.
Symson, in his Description of Galloway, written in 1684, says
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