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 Replies to “Aviemore Stone Circle in the Highlands”

      1. Actually, you’re right. The energy must be like living next to an active volcano, always pouring off the site, although this energy you would’t see with your eyes. I’m guessing they are built on the earth’s ley lines, no?

    1. I was going to say something similar–like what would it be like to have that out your back door? I wonder if one would get used to it and stop seeing it, or if it would have a special draw on different days or times.

      1. I imagine it depends on the individual’s feelings about the circle. I wonder whether it’s a selling point for estate agents, or something they don’t mention?

        1. Some people might be interested, but others might think it was creepy or just not care. I was interested that the developer left it. In the U.S. it would be dug up by archeologists, documented, and then disappear unless it had been given a protected status.

          1. Most of them are protected now. Many were destroyed before that was the case. Traditional belief about it being bad luck to harm a stone circle kept quite a few of them safe!

    1. It’s prehistoric so not much is known about its history. I’m not aware of any legends or folklore associated with this particular circle 🙁

  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. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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