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Torhousekie Stone Circle (Torhouse Stone Circle)

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pics/thumb/torhouse-01.jpg Looking northwest towards the three central stones.
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pics/thumb/torhouse-02.jpg One of the larger stones at the southwest of the circle.
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pics/thumb/torhouse-03.jpg A view of the full circle, looking north.
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pics/thumb/torhouse-04.jpg A view of the full circle, looking east.
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pics/thumb/torhouse-05.jpg Stones on the southwestern arc.
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pics/thumb/torhouse1.jpg Looking northeast from the edge of the circle to the three central stones.
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pics/thumb/torhouse2.jpg Looking west towards the three central stones.
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pics/thumb/torhouse3.jpg The southeastern arc of the circle.
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pics/thumb/torhouse4.jpg Looking southeast.
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pics/thumb/torhouse5.jpg The northeastern arc.
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pics/thumb/torhousec4.jpg The same stones in colour.
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pics/thumb/torhousec1.jpg The southern arc.
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pics/thumb/torhousec2.jpg Stones at the east of the circle.
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pics/thumb/torhousec3.jpg The central stones.
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pics/thumb/torhouserow1.jpg The nearby row of stones. The circle can be seen behind the stones and across the road.
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pics/thumb/torhouserow2.jpg The stone row.
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pics/thumb/torhouserow3.jpg The stone row.
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pics/thumb/torhouserow4.jpg The stone row.
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pics/thumb/torhouserow5.jpg The stone row.
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This fabulous circle is often likened to the recumbent stone circles of Kincardineshire and Aberdeenshire; Burl has described it as a link between the circles of southwest Ireland and northeast Scotland.

The ninteen stones that make up the circle are graded in height with the tallest (around five feet tall) in the southeast and the smallest (about two feet tall) in the northwest. The "recumbent and flankers" are three stones towards the centre of the circle -- in a Kincardine recumbent circle the recumbent and flankers would be on or close to the southeast sector of the circle arc.

The circle is a little over sixty feet in diameter and set on a raised platform of smaller stones.

Legend has it that the three stones in the centre of the circle form part of King Galdus' Tomb. However, legend also has it that King Galdus was buried at Cairnholy II!

Just across the road from the circle and on a low ridge is a row of three stones.