Penpont Cairn

Located on a hill on the approach to the village of Penpont, near Thornhill, the Cairn was built by British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy to commemorate the millennium. The Cairn is usually referred to locally as 'The Egg' or the pinecone. It is made entirely of red sandstone but also shows a variety of stunning hues during sunset.

Goldsworthy continues to live and work in the village.

Figure 1: Penpont Cairn, January 2015. Looking back towards Thornhill. © DAJ 2016

The Cairn is easily seen when driving along the A702 out of Thornhill about half a mile before Penpont.


The Cairn is at the top of a small hill, part of a working farm. There is off-road parking in a nearby laybay, with a gentle climb up a grassy incline. The field often has animals grazing so be respectful of the farmland and its inhabitants.


Town/Village Penpont
Region Dumfries & Galloway
Country Scotland
Grid Reference NX856950
Longitude -3.7992847
Latitude 55.2366477