East Aquhorthies Stone Circle

“Recumbent stone circles are a type of stone circle found only in parts of Scotland, in which a monolith (the recumbent) is positioned on its side in the centre. Around 90 such sites exist in Aberdeenshire alone, mostly dating from around 2000BC…  Due to its near circular shape, it is likely that East Aquhorthies Stone Circle was of the earliest of its type in Aberdeenshire. Measuring 19.5m in diameter, the site consists of a ring of grey granite flankers, approximately 2.3m high, and a 3.8m long recumbent stone of reddish granite that may have been sourced from nearby Bennachie.  Like many of the recumbent stone circles in Aberdeenshire, East Aquhorthies Stone Circle retains a palpable sense of mysticism, one of the few ways for modern visitors to immerse themselves in the thoughts of the prehistoric settlers who created this ancient wonder four millennia ago.”

Referenced text and instructions on how to find the circle:


Aerial photo by: Charlotte Cunningham Aerial Photography

Library Book Wheel

So cool…  This clever 300 year old Library Book Wheel enabled researchers to have ready access to seven open books at once while they worked. The function of this interesting historical object was very much like today’s browser tabs. It’s located at Biblioteca Palafoxiana in Puebla, Mexico.


The Loanhead of Daviot Stone Circle #Scotland

The Loanhead of Daviot Stone Circle is located a short distance north of Daviot in Aberdeenshire. The north east of Scotland has 99 stone circles, almost all of them recumbent” stone circles, in which the focus is formed by a large horizontal stone flanked by two upright stones. They were believed to be constructed over 4000 years ago by farming communities, and to have served as lunar calendars, showing the passing seasons by the way the parts of the circle framed the moon.
Location on Map
Grid Ref: NJ 748 289  #Scotland #StoneCircles

Aikey Brae Stone Circle #Scotland

Stone Circle

Aikey Brae Stone Circle


Aikey Brae stone circle overlooks the village of Old Deer in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The circle is composed of 9 stones and one recumbent stone, making a circle of just over 14 metres in diameter. There was apparently one more upright stone but this has disappeared. It is believed that Aikey Brae was built by a farming community some time around 4,000 years ago. It was probably built as a means of charting the passing of the seasons by plotting the lunar cycle.

Location of the circle within Scotland ~ Be prepared to take a hike.

VIDEO ~ We Find the Circle

More detailed information about the circle on Undiscovered Scotland: