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Cairnholy 1 - Galloway, Scotland
Chambered Cairn
National Grid Reference: NX 518 539

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How To Get There

From Newton Stewart follow the A75 south and east along the coast. Keep following the road for about 10.5 miles. You will pass Creetown and Carsluith before seeing a sign to Cairnholy, indicating a left turn. Follow the track until you reach a small parking area close to Cairnholy 1. Cairnholy 2 can easily be reached on foot from here also.

Cairnholy

Cairnholy was high on my list of sites to see when we visited Galloway in the autumn of 2002. The majestic pillars which form the forecourt to this chambered cairn are iconic.

The cairn sits on a very pronounced North - South slope with the curved forecourt facing roughly East. Sadly it has long been robbed of the capstones that once sealed the burial chamber and many of the stones that must have once made up the bulk of this structure.

But the forecourt is still very impressive, roughly 5,000 years after it was built. The two portal stones in particular seem to jut up like enourmous teeth.

Cairnholy 1

While you are here make sure you don't miss out on Cairnholy 2, just a short climb further up the track (a couple of hundred metres at most).

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Cairnholy 2

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