Torhousekie, stone circle

Copyright: Paul Blades. Original at Megalithic Portal.

A probable single stone row measuring 6.4m long, including one medium and two large-sized orthostats situated in the middle of a stone circle. The stones stand up to between 1.14m and 0.48m high, with the smallest in the middle.  The row is orientated ENE to WSW and stands in the vicinity of several cairns and another stone row. It is possible that the stones formed part of a prehistoric structure of another type.


Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Rest of Scotland NX 38261 56495
Lat 54.876977     Long  -4.522431

Map showing the location of the stone row at Torhousekie, stone circle. 

Plan showing the relative positions of the stone alignments at Torhousekie. From Coles, F.R., 1897, 91.

Plan of the alignment (red) and stone circle (grey). From Coles, F.R., 1887, 92.


Type: Single Length: 6.4m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones:  Medium and large
Orientation: 75° Altitude: 32m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : ? Sea View: No
Context:  Stone circle, stone alignments and cairns
Notes: Situated in the centre of a stone circle.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: Guardianship
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


Category: Probable. There is no doubt that this line of stones is prehistoric. Given its position on top of a cairn inside a stone circle the possibility should be acknowledged that this line of stones originally formed part of some other form of structure. However, given its similarity to the nearby Torhousekie East row it is very likley that this represents a stone row.


This stone row is of Type S3. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


View from above and north west of the stone row standing in the centre of the stone circle.

View from above and south east of the stone row (foreground) and part of the stone circle (background).

View from above and south.

View from above and south west.

View from west (scale 1m).

View from south west (scale 1m).

What a difference a day makes. View from the south west.

View from north west.

Access Information

One of the most accessible. Parking is available next to the stone circle at NX 38295 56502.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore      Society of Antiquaries Scotland

Other References

Coles, F R., 1897a, ‘Notes on a stone circle in Wigtownshire’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 31, 1896-7.


VISITED:- 5th September 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th September 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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