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Barstobrick Hill

A prominent summit in S Central Dumfries and Galloway, Barstobrick Hill rises steeply to 163m (534 feet) 2 miles (3 km) north of Ringford and 5 miles (8 km) west southwest of Castle Douglas, providing excellent views of the surrounding countryside. The summit is marked by Neilson's Monument, an obelisk dedicated to James Beaumont Neilson (1792 - 1865), who invented the hot-blast process of iron-making. Surrounding the summit are the embankments of an ancient hill fort, alternatively known as the Giant's Dike, which extends to some 259m (850 feet) in length by 114m (375 feet) wide, and is 3m (10 feet) thick.


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