03/02/2013 - I don't know what it is about stone circles in woods but I love them. I guess that most were not originally in amongst trees but I think a nice clearing in a wood sure adds an enchanted feeling. Glassel stone circle is a special place. Five, small, upright stones, looking for all the world like they are deep in conversation and after a few thousand years they still haven't run out of things to say.
There's a nice photo on Canmore of the circle with the fallen stone re-erected from 1903, link below
Quite straight forward to find, especially if you have an OS map (a neccessity in this part of the world, as there's so many sites to find. Can someone buy me a whole set pretty please?)
The forest track you need is directly opposite the entrance to Glassel House. Big gates, very much of the 'get orf my land' type I chickened out and parked 100m up the road by the log piles (Sunday, no trucks about). If you look on the OS map, you will see the circle clearly marked parallel to the track, and there is a contour line that passes through the track to the circle. Simply walk down the track until it starts to dip down, turn left through the trees for 100m and you're there. The site sits on the edge of a steep slope, so once you hit that, you know you're near. I've also added a photo showing an old field wall & gate on the forestry track. Stop about 10 m short of them and you can turn left here and walk through.
The site? Nice, very compact and very different. A peaceful setting and a pleasant feel make this an essential site. As Greywether says, don't classify it, just enjoy it.
Gah! We followed greywether's directions precisely, but after stomping around in the forest for quite some time and losing gallons of sweat we failed to find it. Grrrrr! Very much more specific directions please!
This "four-poster" has five stones - eight if you count the low-lying ones. So you might be confused; I know I was.
Burl describes it as a four-poster with an outlier. OK, but it's a very close outlier - an "inlier" maybe?
And the other three stones? One may be a capstone from a cist apparently. The other two don't get a mention.
Let's try another source to see if they can clear it up. What about the Aberdeen Council Archaeology website?
"Five stone oval circle" (good) "transitional between recumbent stone circles and four-posters" (pardon?).
Oh I give up! It's a lovely site in a lovely setting. Let's just take some pictures.
Easier to get to than Burl suggests. Park at the gates of Glassel House on minor road S of Milton of Campfield. Walk along forest track opposite. After about 150m, look for path to left. This leads to the circle.