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Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Bruceton</b>Posted by nickbrandImage © nickbrand
Nearest Town:Alyth (5km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   NO289505 / Sheet: 53
Latitude:56° 38' 27.21" N
Longitude:   3° 9' 33.88" W

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<b>Bruceton</b>Posted by drewbhoy <b>Bruceton</b>Posted by drewbhoy <b>Bruceton</b>Posted by drewbhoy <b>Bruceton</b>Posted by drewbhoy <b>Bruceton</b>Posted by nickbrand <b>Bruceton</b>Posted by nickbrand


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Unlike Nick I parked at the Bruceton entrance jumped the wee dyke and strolled down the slope to the stone. The carvings are now barely visible. Still another lovely stone in a lovely setting.

Went back up to the road and walked west to the Shanzie souterrain, which needed another look.

Visited 27/12/2014.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
28th December 2014ce
Edited 28th December 2014ce

This interesting stone stands in the middle of a field approximately 3 kilometres east of Alyth. Take the B952 east from Alyth, to the fork onto the small road marked Airlie. Past Shanzie Farm on your right, less than half a kilometre on the left is the turning in to Bruceton Farm up on the hillside (well posted - Bed and Breakfast sign). Park on the verge, and walk back to the berry field on the other side of the road - an open gateway here takes you into the field. Walk east then follow the stone dyke south towards the River Isla. You will see the stone on your left in the field beyond the dyke, if the field is not in crop. You will have to climb over the dyke to gain access, and permission should be sought at the farm before doing this. It is well worth it, as this Class 1 stone, though eroded somewhat, still bears a distinct horseshoe mark without decorations, plus a Pictish beast (sometimes called an 'elephant') below. This carving is quite worn and less distinct. The stone lies on an ESE axis almost exactly equidistant between the Shanzie and Philpie stones.
According to Jervise (1857) a number of stone coffins were dug up around 1840 some 20 metres north-east of the stone.
nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
31st October 2002ce


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Traditionally the site of a conflict between the Scots and English in Robert the Bruce's time - the site of the battle was close by here. nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
8th March 2003ce


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BigSweetie Posted by BigSweetie
3rd January 2004ce