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Cairnholy I and II

All pictures copyright © 1997 Martin McCarthy


Cairnholy, above Wigtown Bay near Dumfries, is the site of the remains of two impressive chambered cairns. Both have been heavily robbed, although the large stones forming the facade and chamber of Cairnholy I have been left, as have the portal and chamber stones of Cairnholy II.

Cairnholy I

Cairnholy I measures some 45 metres long by 10 metres wide.
Forecourt and facade. Big picture(64k)
The facade from the north. Big picture(43k)
From the back, looking along the length of the cairn towards the east. Big picture(33k)
The chamber from the back. Big picture(72k)
The chamber from the front. Big picture(68k)

Cairnholy II - the tomb of Galdus

Cairnholy II, on top of a small hillock measures 20 metres by 12 metres. Legend has it that this is the tomb of the mythical king Galdus.
Capstone and portal, from the south. Big picture(32k)
From the south, again. Big picture(28k)
From the front, looking south-west. Big picture(35k)
From the front, looking west. Big picture(26k)