The Girdle Stanes
Nearest Town: Eskdalemuir
OS Grid Reference: NY 25 96
Directions: Leave the M6 at Lockerbie and follow the B723 to Eskdalemuir. Drive through and leave, heading south, on the B709. In around a mile there is a signed parking space on the left for 2 cars with a useful information board. The Loupin Stanes are in the field across the road, with further signposts to the Girdle Stanes. If you prefer, you can carry on down the road about half a mile and pull over into the gateway on the right – the Girdle Stanes are over the stile and down the hill. Be sure not to block the gate though.
Site Notes: A truly huge stone circle and far in excess of the nearby Loupin Stanes. All the more ipressive for the fact that over the millennia the White Esk has changed its course and eroded away about a third of the circle. If you fancy a paddle you can find some of the stones laying in the river, but even from within the circle you can estimate the arc, and the sheer scale of the place.
Much lower than the Loupin Stanes, it is a natural gathering place for a large number of people and is up there for size with the likes of Long Meg and Castlerigg. It’s a long trip from the M6 to these 2 sites but well worth it – I only wish I’d done it before.