|[East Aquhorthies Stone Circle]|
Inverurie is a Royal Burgh-turned-commuter town, 15 miles along the A96 out of Aberdeen. The historic centre, slightly marred by a messy convergence of roads, is overlooked by the grand Town Hall, built in 1862 from the region's distinctive grey granite. This and the busy High Street are almost attractive enough to warrant a visit alone. Almost. But early history enthusiasts are in luck: there are a whole host of Pictish symbol stones and ancient stone circles dotted across the surrounding landscape. One other thing - each summer the region hosts the Taste of Grampian food festival, based at a nearby agricultural centre. This is a must for any foodie if you're in the area.
|[River Urie from the Bass of Inverurie (June 2012)]|
Name: Inverurie ★★☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NJ 775216 ///continues.grass.buckets
|[Maiden Stone (April 2012)]|
Name: Bass of Inverurie ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Earthworks of a 12th century motte and bailey castle, now in the middle of the town cemetery.
Location: Keithhall Road, 1 mile south of the centre, G.R.: NJ 781206 ///alike.chapels.folders
Name: Brandsbutt Stone ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Broken, early Pictish symbol stone including serpent and Z-rod carvings, surprisingly located in the middle of a housing estate.
Location: Path between Brankie Road & Gordon Drive, 1 mile north-west of the centre, G.R.: NJ 760224 ///fired.populate.drove
Name: East Aquhorthies Stone Circle ★★☆☆☆
Description: Well-preserved recumbent stone circle with good views of Bennachie.
Location: Minor road end 3 miles west of the centre, G.R.: NJ 732208 ///avid.tilts.viewing
Anything else? From the car park at G.R.: NJ 732211, it's a 5-min walk to the circle on good farm tracks.
>> see separate post for Loanhead Stone Circle ★★☆☆☆ (6 miles away)
>> see separate post for Maiden Stone ★★☆☆☆ (6 miles away)
Name: Picardy Symbol Stone ★☆☆☆☆
Description: 2-metre tall, early Pictish stone, dating to around 600 AD and possibly once part of a burial cairn. Further from Inverurie than the other sites but we've included it here as we forgot to take photos...
Location: Minor road 2 miles north of Insch, G.R.: NJ 610303 ///unclaimed.sang.catch
Anything else? Limited parking - squeezing up right against the verge will probably work in a small car.
|[Loanhead Stone Circle (February 2012)]|