The Drumtroddan Standing Stones are reached via a track that leaves the B7021 some two miles east of Port William. It is possible to park without causing an obstruction beside the road and you then walk the few hundred yards gently uphill to the enclosure surrounding the stones themselves.

The first thing that is obvious from the site of the stones is that whoever took the time and trouble to erect them liked a good view. The site chosen is magnificent, commanding huge views right across the Machars and as far as the Galloway Hills to the north east.

There are three stones at Drumtroddan, One of which is still standing while the others have at some time fallen over. The best estimates are that the stones were erected between 2,000BC and 1,000BC, and it is not known whether the people who erected the stones were connected with those who, at a probably much earlier date, carved the Drumtroddan Cup and Ring marks on rocks some 400 yards to the north west.

drumtroddan 2

Early records suggest that there were originally 4 stones on the site, but if so all trace of the fourth has since dissapeared.

The fact that the stones were originally erected on a straight line aligned roughly north east to south west gives rise to an obvious question, why? Moving stones of this size to this site and erecting them would be a major undertaking even today. The effort involved in an age when tools were primitive and most of daily life revolved around the need to ensure you and your family were fed is remarkable. There is no way that the erection of stones like this could have been a recreational pastime.

There must have been a reason, and in the absence of any better ideas, thoughts immediately start to drift towards the possible religious significance of the stones or their site: or some other, perhaps astronomical, role. But the truth is that there really is no obvious reason for these stones to have been positioned here, save perhaps as some sort of prehistoric art installation.