Up and Down and All Around

tree at Dunnydeer

This beautiful tree sits at the foot of the Hill of Dunnideer near Insch in Aberdeenshire. It’s a short but steep climb to the top; when you see the remains of the prehistoric vitrified fort and medieval castle you know you’re nearly there.

vitrified rock and medieval castle

The views make all exertion worthwhile. Click the pano for a larger version:

panorama of view from Dunideer

Down the other side:


Nestled, and almost completely hidden, under a tree are the remains of Dunnideer Recumbent Stone Circle:

recumbent and flankers

stone under tree

split flanker

A few miles further West is Leith Hall with its wonderful walled garden:

colourful borders

Stone guardian at the gate:


I love the Moon Gate, and in retrospect wish I had gone through it and taken a photo from the other side too. Oh well, next time!


27 Replies to “Up and Down and All Around”

    1. Well, maybe not when raining! I’m not sure of the date of the lions, there’s one on each gatepost of the walled garden. The House is 17th century but the garden came later in the 19th and 20th, with much work being done in the early 20th. It looks like there’s water wear on the sandstone lions so they could be quite old?

  1. How absolutely beautiful and so inspiring. I could almost feel stories popping into my head. My family came from Islay many, many years ago and I’d love to get to Scotland and check it out. Meanwhile, a friend of mine is filling the gap and has the flag on her car etc. You don’t get too many people prouder than a Scot! xx Rowena

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