Huly Hill
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Stone Circle; Burial Cairn Canmore
Also known as Heely Hill; Newbridge

Not the most scenic location for an ancient monument at a junction of the M8 and M9 motorways and assorted trunk roads and under the flight path from Edinburgh Airport not far from the end of the runway. Also regularly graffitied and occasionally damaged by cars of joyriders. So it's surprising that I found the site to have a nice ambiance. Watch out for the dog poo, though!

The main feature is a 30 metre (100 foot) diameter earthen burial mound, surrounded by a modern retaining wall. At its highest it is around 3 metres (10 feet). The mound was excavated in 1830 and a dagger or spearhead was found along with some cremated bones.

Around the mound are three standing stones; two are around 2 metres (6 feet) tall, and the third is probably broken and stands 1.2m (4 feet) tall.

Images ©2015 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

2km Easter Norton Standing Stone
3km Tormain Hill Cup and Ring Marks
12km Blackford Hill Rock Carving
13km Pitcorthie Standing Stone
13km Cairnpapple Hill Henge; Chambered Cairn
13km Gala Braes Standing Stones
13km Linlithgow Palace Palace
15km Ravenswood Avenue Standing Stone
16km Tuilyies Megalith Standing Stone
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)