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Introduction to Stone Circles

Most people have heard of Stonehenge and Avebury and some may be able to name a few other stone circles, however there are very many more, nearly a thousand survive, while many have been lost.

There are still many more undiscovered or undocumented, and some new ones being created.

No one today knows what they were all for, or what they all are, you will see many theories, including calendars and planetary predictors, energy control systems and witchcraft, with the old fall back of ceremonial use being dropped in where we don't really have a clue.

We decided to cover this in some depth, and we have location guides and articles.


  • Stone circles of Britain, is an introductory article looking at what they are, what they may have been used for and covers a range of theories without settling on any one. This is a good place to start.

  • Stone circle photography,  looks at what is involved in photographing a stone circle and how to go about it.

  • Preparing for a photographic trip to a stone circle,  looks at what information you can find out before you go, links to a range of useful resources and other items that you can do in advance, as well as a what to take with you.

  • National Grid is a page looking at how to convert the ordnance survey grid references into other coordinates, and use them to access the same locations in other mapping and aerial photography sites like Google Maps. You can also convert it to a postcode. You may also find this useful if you want to use a Satnav to get you near to the location using the postcode or exactly there using the latitude and longitude. This page also has links to gazetteers, and some other information that may make finding places easier. It also explains a little about the mapping system and maps available.


Location Guide Pages

See the featured list below.

Location guides are accessible from the lists below, or you can see a full list by clicking here


Avebury, Wiltshire

Avebury, Wiltshire

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Stanton Drew, Somerset

Featured Locations

Stonehenge -  Wiltshire world famous and unique, very much on the tourist trail.

Avebury - Wiltshire the largest and most spectacular, popular with tourists, but less restrictions and being such a large site, you don't notice the numbers.

Stanton Drew - Somerset second largest after Avebury, not visited by many, you are likely to be on your own when visiting, far more natural and not reconstructed. 3 circles including very large circle, and one with very large stones, an avenue, another feature with large stones, a small circle and another group of stones conveniently situated in the garden of a pub nearby. The main circle has its own magnetic field. This site is easy to get to, but you will find you spend a lot longer here then you expect to.

Rollright - Oxfordshire interesting nearly complete ring of stones weathers into interesting shapes. Two other nearly groups of stones.


Stanton Drew Stone Circle Gallery

Stanton Drew Stone Circle - Pinhole Gallery

Full list of Stone Circles currently defined

Abor Low Stone Circle  Derbyshire

Avebury, Wiltshire

Boscawen-Un Stone Circle near Lands End, Cornwall

Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria

Cullerlie Stone Circle, Echt, Aberdeenshire

Doll Tor Stone Circle, Derbyshire

East Aquorthies Stone Circle, Aberdeenshire

Hurlers Stone Circle, Cornwall

Kingston Russell Stone Circle, Dorset

Little Meg Stone Circle, Cumbria

Loanhead of Daviot Stone Circle, Aberdeenshire

Long Meg and Daughters, Cumbria

Merry Maidens, Cornwall

Mitchells Fold, Shropshire

Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Derbyshire

The Nine Stones of Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset

Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle, Orkney, Scotland

Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire

The Sanctuary, nr Avebury, Wiltshire

Stanton Drew Stone Circle, Somerset

Stanton Drew Stone Circle Gallery

Stanton Drew Stone Circle - Pinhole Gallery

Stenness Stone Circle, Orkney, Scotland

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Swinside Stone Circle, Cumbria

Tomnaverie Stone Circle, Aberdeenshire

Torhouse Stone Circle, Dumfries

Tregeseal East Stone Circle, Cornwall

Twelve Apostles Stone Circle, Dumfries Scotland

Tyrebagger Stone Circle, Aberdeenshire

Other stone features that are not stone circles
but perhaps could be mistaken for them

CairnHoly, Dumfries, Scotland The remains of a long borrow with standing stones that at first sight look as if it could have been a stone circle.

Carn Euny Cornwall

Chysauster Ancient Village, Cornwall

Din Lligwy Hut Group, Moelfre, Anglesey

Holyhead Mountain Hut Group, Holyhead, Anglesey

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