Inverurie

Aberdeenshire | Town | ★★

[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 (2/6/12)]

Location

📌 Inverurie ★★
Aberdeenshire, G.R.: NJ 775216 ///continues.grass.buckets

🚶 Many local sights are too far from the town centre to walk to comfortably.
🚌 Inverurie has good train and bus connections from Aberdeen, Inverness and towns in between. There are several other local routes.



See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Bass of Inverurie
Description: Earthworks of a 12th century motte and bailey castle, now in the middle of the town cemetery.
Keithhall Road, half a mile (15-min walk) south of the town centre, G.R.: NJ 781206 ///alike.chapels.folders
Always open | Free

Nearby (1-5 mi away)

📌 Brandsbutt Stone
Description: Broken, early Pictish symbol stone including serpent and Z-rod carvings, surprisingly located in the middle of a housing estate.
By path between Brankie Road & Gordon Drive, 1 mi northwest of the town centre, G.R.: NJ 760224 ///fired.populate.drove
Always open | Free

📌 East Aquhorthies Stone Circle ★★
Description: Well-preserved recumbent stone circle with good views of Bennachie.
Beyond minor road end 3 mi west of the town centre, G.R.: NJ 732208 ///avid.tilts.viewing
Always open | Free

Anything else? From the car park at G.R.: NJ 732211 ///reflected.dude.weekends it's a 5-min walk to East Aquhorthies Stone Circle on good farm tracks.

>> Fetternear House ★★ (4 mi ←)
>> Oldmeldrum, Fyvie & Turriff page: Glen Garioch Distillery ★★★ (4 mi ↑)
>> Loanhead Stone Circle ★★ (5 mi ↑)
>> Maiden Stone ★★ (5 mi ←)
>> Walk: Best o' Bennachie ★★★★ (5 mi ←)

📌 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 any photos...
By minor road 2 mi north of Insch, G.R.: NJ 610303 ///unclaimed.sang.catch. Limited parking - squeezing up against the verge may work in a small car if you stay nearby.
Always open | Free

[Loanhead Stone Circle (12/2/12)]

[Maiden Stone (24/4/12)]

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