New heritage display panels installed in Daer valley

27 November 2017

As part of Biggar Archaeology Group’s (BAG) initiatives in local heritage matters, five new display panels have been installed in Daer valley for the benefit of walkers to the area.

Two A1, fully illustrated colour panels have been installed on part of the Southern Uplands Way (SUW) to illustrate and explain the archaeology of Coom Rig area; much of which is visible including Smithwood bastle house remains, a large 3000-year-old Bronze Age burnt mound and two enigmatic circles of stones dating to 4600 years ago. The panels also explain about the recent work in the area by BAG which includes an astonishing array of sites dating from the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages.

The two panels are located on stone cairns beside the public path and cannot be missed, hopefully they will be a welcome addition to the interest of the route which lies between Lowther Hill and Daer Reservoir.


Prehistoric Daer Information Panel

Smithwood Information Panel

Smithwood Bastle Information Panel

A Trail previously made by BAG now has three new display panels installed. This route takes the walker on a lovely walk up through the recently installed giant wind turbines, to the bastle house remains of Wintercleuch. Three coloured information panels explain what is to be seen; one at the main road where parking is available, explains the walk to the site, an intermediary panel explains some pre-historic monuments including Bronze Age burial cairns, and the third final panel is at the site itself to explain all about the bastle site. The Wintercleuch Trail is along a good road (although walking shoes/boots are recommended), at one point, magnificent views of the Lowther Hills and Upper Clyde Valley are seen.

Wintercleugh Bastle information panel

Smithwood Bastle Information Panel

Download the Heritage Trail panels pdf.



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