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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