Torhousekie stone circle
|Periods||Neolithic / Bronze Age|
|Ownership||Historic Environment Scotland|
|Official name||Torhouse Stone Circle|
The stone circle consists of nineteen granite boulders set on a slightly raised platform. The stones have a height ranging from about 0.6 metres to 1.5 metres and are arranged in a circle with a diameter of about 22 metres. The larger stones, over 1 metre high, are on the southeast side.
Two stones stand 40 metres to the south-southeast of the stone circle, one large and the other small, and there is a stone row of three stones 130 metres to the east. There are also surviving remains of several burial cairns, and history records others long removed to build field dykes.
The stone circle has not yet been archaeologically excavated. It probably dates to the Neolithic period or the Bronze Age. The Torhouse Stones are in the care of Historic Environment Scotland as a scheduled monument.
Local tradition maintains that the three large stones in the center of the circle contained the tomb of Galdus, a mythical Scottish king. A similar story is told about one of the tombs at Cairnholy, also in Galloway.
In the dyke on the south side of the road is a stone with a deep cavity which according to tradition, "the knowing never pass without depositing therein some pebble or gift to pass in peace".
- Historic Environment Scotland. "Torhouse Stone Circle (SM90304)". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- "Torhouse Stone Circle: History". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Historic Environment Scotland. "Torhousekie (62843)". Canmore. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
- MacLeod, I. F. (1986). Discovering Galloway. John Donald. p. 213.
- "Cairn Holy Chambered Cairns". Historic Environemt Scotland. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Carroll, David (2013). Dumfries & Galloway Curiosities. The History Press. ISBN 075248950X.