stone circles in winter

Aikey Brae stone circle

I love the way Aikey Brae stone circle seems to materialise as you step out of the dark woodland path. It’s my favourite circle; it feels like my ‘home’ one. I did used to live nearby so have visited it more than any other. This was Boxing Day.

frost and sun

It was bright and frosty and enchanted. There was chocolate.

A few days later, on the way to see a friend, I stopped by Loanhead of Daviot:

Daviot circle

The day was damp and dark and cold. The circle felt calm and steadfast. Timeless.

The double recumbent:

split stone

And then, in the new year, many weathers happened at Berrybrae circle. First there was sun (pictured below) before a gale blew up and brought horizontal sleet…


Let 2015 hold more timeless enchantment (and chocolate) for us all than horizontal precipitation!

The Mermaid and the Bear cover

Set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire, Ailish Sinclair’s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.



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stone circle quote from THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR

18 Replies to “stone circles in winter”

  1. I’ve been there and I’ve visited the stone circles myself, but still, to live near them? The history, the magic, the ancient stones? What a gift. I’d visit them everyday. It’s like walking on the bones of history.

  2. “It was bright and frosty and enchanted. There was chocolate.” Enchanted? Sounds like heaven!

    I’m also very envious of all the stone circles you can visit. They all look enchanting!

  3. Mystical stones whispering to us of another time, if only I could hear all their secrets.

    It is wonderful that you share these with us in the photos along with the story of your time there. I hope I will be able to see them in person one day.

    You are so lucky to see them on a regular basis, to have a sense of them in different times and seasons… Although, horizontal sleet? Yikes. As we scurry for cover, these stones stand, silently witnessing.

  4. I suspect we share an obsession with old stones. My wee dog is in the current Historic Scotland magazine at Machrie Moor on Arran. I’ll walk for miles to get to them. I walked my hubby into a bog on Jura to get close to won. To say he was annoyed is an understatement. Stones, Cairns, Brochs, clearance ruins and castles. Have you been to Hill o many stanes at Caithness?

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