Twelve Apostles
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway OS Map
Stone Circle Canmore

The Twelve Apostles in Nithsdale near Dumfries is the largest stone circle on the Scottish mainland. The site is split by a hedge and contains eleven stones (the twelfth one having gone missing sometime in the 19th century---local custom has it that Judas Iscariot was responsible for its loss).

According to Burl's gazeteer A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, it is probably an oval measuring 284 feet by 260 feet and probably originally consisted of 18 stones with a regular spacing of 48 feet. Only four of the stones are local, the others having been quarried from hills some miles away.

Images ©1996 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

14km Caerlaverock Castle Castle
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)