three circles

Drum Castle

On our last visit to Drum Castle it was raining, so on the way to explore circles, we took a walk through the gardens. They were filled with the bright sights and scents of summer, the castle peeking round corners and through trees everywhere we went.

medieval tower

Next up: Cullerlie Stone Circle, unusual for Aberdeenshire in that it is not a recumbent circle. There’s only one photo as we were distracted by an elderly dog from the farm that wanted us to throw a stick.

Cullerlie Stone Circle

More animals awaited at Sunhoney; an excited herd of cows ran alongside the path with us…

path to Sunhoney

and then jostled and jiggled for the best view at the perimeter of the circle enclosure.

lineup of cows

I fear we were a disappointment. There were signs that other visitors may have danced (trampled grass) and provided snacks (rolled oats all over the place) whereas we mainly sat quietly and took photos.

Sunhoney Stone Circle

The recumbent stone at Sunhoney has many carved cup marks but lichen and light conditions were not helpful in capturing them on camera (note rolled oats though).

cupmarks

The cows gave us doleful looks as we left and did not follow us back down the path. There were no animals to greet us at Midmar Kirk Circle which is situated in a churchyard.

Midmar

While it was common for churches to be built on older sacred sites, it is unusual for the originals to have been left intact (almost, there are a few stones missing).

standing stone and graves

church and stones

Finishing with an apology to the cows – we’ll try harder next time – and the view from the roof of Drum:

window in Drum Castle roof

12 thoughts on “three circles

  1. Your photos fill me with longing- I long to be there. When you’re in a stone circle you realize what ancient actually means. It’s a surreal experience. Very powerful places- and I’m not new-agey.

  2. Lots of magical places, what a lovely day out! As you say, it is quite amazing that those standing stones were left alone in a churchyard, it would be fascinating to find out why.

  3. This is so interesting! I had never heard of recumbent stone circles before, so have just spent the last hour on Wikipedia learning about them and stone circles in general and the cup marks. What fascinating people humans are. What amazing mysteries we leave behind. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!

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