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Stone Circle


January 14, 2012

On a fantastic, sunny, cloudless, frosty morning, I decided on the spur of the moment to take a trip out and visit the stone circles around the village of Banchory. In particular, following the revelations in Great Crowns of Stone, I was keen to visit the remaining stones of the long-destroyed Tilquhillie Stone Circle.

Apparently, this was situated somewhere in one of the two fields southeast of Tilquhillie Castle (itself just over 2 km SE of Banchory). In a dyke running northeast-southwest between the two fields is a huge block known as the Druid Stone, now believed to be the recumbent stone of the former circle.

The second stone, a putative flanker, stands in a gap in a dyke close to the castle. Standing in front of the gate to the castle you will find a field gate to your left. Enter the field, take a few steps, then turn to your right. You will see the dyke just a few metres ahead, as in the photograph.

For more details about the history of this circle, see the RCAHMS link below.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
14th January 2012ce
Edited 14th January 2012ce

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