Cairnholy Chambered Tomb # 1

Cairnholy Chambered Tomb 1

This is a two chambered tomb with an impressive curving façade.There are in fact two chambered tomb sites that stand within just over 164 yards (150m) of each other. They are known as Cairnholy # 1 and Cairnholy # 2. Both are very impressive. These are both tombs to honour the ancestors of the Neolithic farming communities that lived in this area between 6000 and 4000 years ago.

Cairnholy # 1 is a very impressive site. The effort undertaken in its construction and the length of time that it was actively used as a focus for ceremonies highlights its importance. There is an impressive curving facade of standing stones and a forecourt leading to the burial chambers. Due to the acid soil conditions most of the bones had been dissolved by the time the tomb had been excavated in 1949. However, grave goods were found. Included was part of an axe made from jadeite. A stone of green sourced from the Alps. Giving an indication of the extent of trading links that existed at this time.

Both Cairnholy # 1 and # 2 are easy to reach and are clearly signposted and off the A75 road. They are in a beautiful location on a gentle sloping hill above Kirkdale Glen looking towards Wigtown Bay. We visited on a sunny September late afternoon. The tombs stood out magnificently against the hills and blue skies. This is a site that should definitely be visited. The sight and touch of the stones transmits some of the magic that must have filled the hearts and been of great spiritual importance to those that built and used them all of those centuries ago.

Getting there

The site is located to the north of the A75 between Cardoness Castle and Carsluith Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

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