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Torhouse Stone Circle
Photo of the stone circle in evening sunlight
Torhousekie stone circle
Torhouse is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Shown within Dumfries and Galloway
Alternative nameTorhousekie
Coordinates54°52′39″N 4°31′22″W / 54.877472°N 4.522639°W / 54.877472; -4.522639
TypeStone circle
PeriodsNeolithic / Bronze Age
Site notes
OwnershipHistoric Environment Scotland
Public accessYes
Official nameTorhouse Stone Circle
Reference no.SM90304

The Standing Stones of Torhouse (also Torhousekie) are a stone circle of nineteen granite boulders on the land of Torhouse, three miles west of Wigtown, Scotland.


The stone circle consists of nineteen granite boulders set on a slightly raised platform;[1] 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.[1] The larger stones, over 1 metre high, are on the southeast side.[2]

Three upright boulders stand in a line near the centre of the circle;[3] the direction of the line of the three central stones is northeast to southwest.[1]

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.[2] There are also surviving remains of several burial cairns, and history records others long removed to build field dykes.[2]

The stone circle has not yet been archaeologically excavated, it probably dates to the Neolithic period or the Bronze Age.[1][2] The Torhouse Stones are in the care of Historic Environment Scotland as a scheduled monument.[2]

In folklore[edit]

Local tradition maintains that the three large stones in the center of the circle contained the tomb of Galdus, a mythical Scottish king.[2][4] A similar story is told about one of the tombs at Cairnholy, also in Galloway.[5]

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".[6]



  1. ^ a b c d Historic Environment Scotland. "Torhouse Stone Circle (SM90304)". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Torhouse Stone Circle: History". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Torhousekie (62843)". Canmore. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  4. ^ MacLeod, I. F. (1986). Discovering Galloway. John Donald. p. 213.
  5. ^ "Cairn Holy Chambered Cairns". Historic Environemt Scotland. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  6. ^ Carroll, David (2013). Dumfries & Galloway Curiosities; the History Press. ISBN 075248950X.

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Coordinates: 54°52′38.90″N 4°31′21.50″W / 54.8774722°N 4.5226389°W / 54.8774722; -4.5226389