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Easter Aquorthies - Grampian, Scotland
Recumbent Stone Circle
National Grid Reference: NJ 732 208

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How To Get There

Signed from the A96 west of Inverurie. Car parking space is provided. Walk from there up hill for couple of hundred yards (not too steep).

 

When we decided to visit Aberdeenshire this circle was top of my list of "must see" sites. It sits on a hillside, now sadly tightly fenced and with a modern dry stone wall surrounding the stones. Easter Aquorthies is a fine example of the local speciality: the recumbent stone circle.

The builders of this fine circle used a variety of different coloured local granite: pink, grey and red. The recumbent stone, placed at the SSW is 12.5 feet long and 4.5 feet high and is flanked by two 7 foot high stones. Following the usual design of recumbent circles the smallest stone in on the opposite side of the circle with a gradual grading down in stone size as you work your way around to it.

At the centre of the circle is a slight mound which might be all that remains of a later ring cairn.

This site is good to visit in bright conditions so that you can fully appreciate the different colours of the stones.

Our visit to the area was not long after mid-winter, so the sun (when it did put in an appearance) was rising in the SE and setting in the SW. This made photographing the recumbent stones themselves a lesson in photography against the light! However winter sunlight does give nice long shadows and yellow light. Every grey cloud...

Nearby Sites

Broomend of Crichie

Related Sites

Loanhead of Daviot
Sunhoney
Kirkton of Bourtie

Notes

Recumbent Stone Circles:-

A design of stone circle found in abundance in the Grampian region of Scotland. Typically they have a large slab of stone lying flat on the ground and aligned to the SSW, in line with the major southern moonset. In our "typical" recumbent circle design, the recumbent stone is flanked by the two tallest stones (known as flankers) with the rest of the stones in the circle being graded in size around to the smallest opposite the recumbent. There are often ring cairns within the circle.

 

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