Sometimes when you ask to park somewhere people say okay and go on about their business. Today at Glentone I asked the same question and then was given a few bits of local myth as well as useful directions.
One thing I didn't know was that whilst arguing Mr and Mrs Devil had somehow woken Jock O Bennachie from his slumber. Unlike previous aims at Tap O Noth, this throw was more accurate and warring couple were silenced. Later Mr Devil, clearly not amused by proceedings, lobbed the rock at his wife leaving a mark on the rock. Fortunately for me there were no fighting devils and I know Jock wouldn't throw a rock at his 'lankie' pal.
Head east on the B993 from the A944 and park at Glentone. I asked permission to park here but access to the rock can be gained from the Tomscairn Wood. After splashing across the Ton Burn, then another boggy burn head about 300 meters in a south westerly direction thru the trees until a clearing is reached. The stone, and it is massive, resides were the warring couple left it.
With Autumn fast approaching the colours of the wood make a lovely sight. Plus it didn't rain, for a change.
'McConnochie states that the natural boulder called the Wolf Stone, in Scare Wood, was thrown by Mr Satan at Mrs Satan, but it fell short. The alternative legend, that a wolf had littered there and was killed by a woman throwing a girdle at it, is found in several places in Scotland. the stone may have been the site of land-courts in the Middle Ages. In MacPherson's Primitive Beliefs gives the case of James Smith, reported to the Aberdeen Synod for 'casting knots at marriages for unlawful ends'. This would have been magical ill-will, intended to foment disharmony in the newly married couple, or prevent them from having children.'