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Stone Circle


Visited January 5, 2014

Aquhorthies Stone Circle lies scarcely more than 200 metres northwest from Old Bourtreebush stone circle, and is clearly visible from it. So, having visited the latter, a short walk to Aquhorties was a given.

This used to be a simple matter of following the field boundaries to the circle, then hopping across the dyke and a barbed wire fence that had seen better days. But in the past year, a brand new, very robust fence with four extremely taut barbed wires has been erected inside the field containing the circle, parallel with the old fence. The triple obstacle of dyke followed by two barbed wire fences will be daunting to many. So the best bet now is to make for the top of the field, where you find a convenient gate leading into the 'Aquhorties field', and follow the fence back to the circle, a detour of just a few minutes.

The first thing you notice about Aquhorties is that the entire edifice has been built atop a sizeable artificial platform. Aquhorties is an impressive RSC, the recumbent and one flanker still standing erect. The circle is highly complex, and consists of two concentric ring cairns which, despite robbing, can still be clearly traced: the recumbent setting stands between the two ring cairns.

You can read the fine detail (and there is quite a lot of it) on the Canmore website.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
11th January 2014ce
Edited 3rd June 2016ce

Comments (1)

I'm planning a visit the week after next; where's the best starting-point (the best place to park) with reference to Streetmap? I'm not desperate to see Auld Bourtreebush, just want the most accessible approach to the circle. ironstone Posted by ironstone
19th March 2017ce
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