Galabraes Standing Stone

Thanks to David Mowbray for this stunning sunset shot of the standing stone

In a field which is part of Galabraes Farm there is one visible standing stone that looks over Bathgate town and the beautiful landscape of the Bathgate Hills. This monolith is known as the Galabraes Standing Stone. 

Locals sometimes name the Galabraes Standing stone as the Clinkin Stane but this is factually incorrect.

The Clinkin Stane once stood beside the Clinkin Stane Cottages (now ruins).

The Clinkin Stane people get mixed up with was broken up and removed by a former tenant in circa 1837. 

Adjacent to the Galabraes Standing Stone in a Westerly Direction circa 70 metres there is a 2nd Standing Stone but all that remains is a stump. It is believed this stone broke in 1921. 

What is thought to be human remains were also found at the base of the Galabraes Standing Stone, further details below.

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There will be some of us who can’t make it up the hills to see this first hand.

Big thanks to Kris Mcalpine for this great video footage to help everyone see and enjoy it!

Assumptions or reasons why the stones are there

When you combine the Galabraes Standing Stone and the 2nd Stone together people have suggested that this thousands of years ago may have acted as a gateway to the Bathgate Hills and the sacred site of Cairnpapple. When looking north between the 2 stones Cairnpapple is straight ahead.

Could the 2 stones have been used to direct people thousands of years ago to the sacred site known today as Cairnpapple? 

Thanks to Adie Scott for this great selection of shots of the standing stone

How to get there

If coming from Bathgate  along Drumcross Road, you head past Petershill Nature Reserve, continue Eastwards direction, until you reach a left turn into the Bathgate Hills. Now on the left hand side is Galabraes Farm. As you head north the road will rise and continue looking left you will see the Galabraes Standing Stone.

If coming from Boghall head up Puir Wives Brae, then join on to Limefield Road until you get to the junction. Head straight across and Galabraes Farm is on the left.

If coming from Cairnpapple direction head south for more than a mile and just before the junction at the end of the road the Galabraes Standing Stone will be on the right hand side. 

Try these reference links to learn more

Bathgate Heritage Walk Nos 8-10. Memorials Past and Present in the Bathgate Hills by Robert Harkness and Dorothy Slater, Bathgate History Group. (hard copy only)