Twelve Apostles Stone Circle, Dumfries, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on a large prehistoric stone circle near Dumfries, Scotland, about eighty miles S.W.of Edinburgh.

Actual location is just north of Dumfries near Holywood and accessed via the B 729.

This is a large ring ranking 7th largest in Britain. Key information:

  • Much disturbed over time but was probably an oval measuring 284 ft by 260 ft.
  • Possibly originally comprised 18 stones spaced 48 ft apart.
  • Residual stones total 11, with 12th removed before 1837.
  • Five of the residual stones stand, others have been moved.
  • Four of the stones are local with remainder having been transported from Irongrey Hill, two miles distant.
  • In the N.E. stands a tall, 6 ft 6″ stone, opposite which is a large block shown below. The circular ‘cup marks’ may be formed by natural causes.
  • Alignment is S.W. towards the midwinter sunset.
  • Considerable amounts of white quartz has been revealed by ploughing.
  • Nearby are two cursuses (prehistoric earthen avenues) in the landscape.
  • Probably between three thousand and five thousand years old.

Twelve Apostles Stone Circle, Scotland

Twelve Apostles Stone Circle, Scotland

Twelve Apostles Stone Circle, Scotland.

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