Map Reference : NJ732207
Age : Circa.3000BC
Nearest Landmark : East Aquhorthies
West of Inverurie about 4 Km. Follow signs on roadside marked 'East Aquhorthies Stone Circle'
Carry on past first car park and stop at second car park. Easy access from here on up
the farm track to circle at top of the hill - about 400 meters from car park to circle.
Other Details :
Very good example of a complete recumbent stone circle.
East Auqhorthies may have derived from the Gaelic for "field of prayer". The circle
comprises of 11 uprights linked by a low bank, the height of the stones rises from North
East towards the recumbent. Those stones flanking the recumbent are over 2 meters high.
The stones show a notable geological variation, the stones are rough pinkish porphyry,
save the stone next to the east flanker which is red jasper - the flankers are of grey granite
and the recumbent of red granite from near Bennachie ( no mean feat as Bennachie is some
5 kilometers away over very hilly terrain ).
Bennachie can be seen on the far right of the picture