Aviemore Stone Circle in the Highlands

Roses bloom in Aviemore stone circle

Aviemore stone circle is unusual, though not unique, in that it is situated in the middle of a housing estate. On the day I visited, the summer solstice, roses were blooming at the edge of the circle, adding to the magical atmosphere of the place. The houses don’t detract from that, bushes and trees lending some privacy to the ancient stones.

Aviemore stone circle in the sun

The sun was newly risen and bright; patches of ground seemed almost luminescent. There’s often a special light quality at stone circles, whether they’re in an open urban setting like this, or tucked away within dark forests. Maybe the mind just tends toward mysticism among these mysterious old standing stones.

Under the rowan tree

People had left mementos or offerings in the Rowan tree, perhaps treating the site like a clootie well?

ribbons tied to a tree by the stone circle

Clouds gathered overhead as I left, on my way to an utterly amazing breakfast just round the corner at the Mountain Cafe (highly recommended).

Aviemore stone circle and house

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104 thoughts on “Aviemore Stone Circle in the Highlands

  1. I wonder how living around/near/beside a stone circle would change a person? For the better, I’d hope. Great photos and information. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Would love to have a magical stone circle in MY backyard! Waiting on the book – I already looked for it, not seeing it would be out this autumn!

  3. What are the chances? We came across a rowan tree yesterday with a Chinese Lantern attached. We thought it must have just drifted there, but maybe it too was an offering! The photo’s in our latest post.

  4. It’s interesting the light has a special quality around them. It might be that they cause us to pause and look in a special way, and therefore perceive light we don’t normally see. Hard to say, but it’s really interesting. I need to get back to Scotland…

  5. Interesting….I know there are quite a few stone circles in England so I guess it’s inevitable that one would end up next to a house, but as you say, it still has the magic. It must have been nice to visit on the solstice, good idea! Thanks for the follow, I appreciate it. 🙂

  6. I don’t think I’ver come across a stone circle amongst a housing estate before, but it certainly looks in good condition. Thanks for telling us about it

  7. So weird! I’ve been there and recently found so old photos of them. I was taken back by its setting, but you’re right. It’s still a magical place, perhaps more so by maintaining its integrity within the estate. I’m glad its maintained and wasn’t cleared away like so many other ancient stone monuments.
    Thanks for the post.

  8. What a lovely site you have and The Mermaid and the Bear sounds fascinating. I’ve recently done a DNA ancestry test, and now understand why I’ve always been drawn to Ireland and Scotland. At the risk of sounding odd, you have a very mystical and calm energy about you.

  9. I love your photos of Scotland here and on Twitter. Since I probably won’t get back for another visit, your snaps of the vistas and glens and stones take me there again. Thank you.

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