Cairnholy A pair of Clyde-type chambered cairns situated on a hillside above Wigtown Bay at Kirkdale Glen, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway. Cairnholy may be derived from “Cairn Ulaidh”’ meaning “Treasure Cairn”. The smaller of the two cairns is also called “The Tomb of Galdus”, which is highly unlikely as the cairn was ancient even in Galdus’ day. “Cairn Ulaidh”, the treasure cairn, and further up, “The Tomb of Galdus”, lie bared above Wigtown Bay. The earth of the mounds has gone the way of flesh, has seeped into the hill, leaving only stone skeletons and corrupted names. There are those who dig deep in such places. Here they found a jade axe, the tip of an arrow, cup and ring marks, and beneath the threshold, the impressions of hearths, signs of ritual fire. It is that old mystery, life and death, time turning, renewal. Cairnholy just confirms that there are no new questions. Here we ask ourselves, and with the mortar of wonder, build our own monuments. Derek Ross.