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Cullerlie Stone Circle

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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This circle consists of 8 rough boulders set in a circle 10.1m in diameter.

An outer ring of standing stones inside which are seven small burial cairns. It has been renovated.

Excavation by Kilbride-Jones in 1934 revealed quite a surprise lying hidden under the peat. No less than eight small cairns were found within the circle. The largest cairn at the centre of the circle (measuring 3.4m in diameter) comprised of eleven kerbstones and a central capstone-covered pit. This pit contained oak charcoal to a depth of 25cm and fragments of human bone. Between the central cairn and the outer circle were a further seven cairns, six of which contained evidence of cremations in the form of oak or hazel charcoal. The area within the stone circle also contained a large amount of willow charcoal. Flint was also found during the excavation.

Excavation has established the following construction sequence:

  • the area was levelled
  • the stones erected
  • the ground burnt all over by bonfires of willow twigs.

A pit was dug in the centre of the circle and used as a fire pit. A small cairn with a pronounced kerb was built over this pit and seven smaller cairns were constructed inside the circle on top of the ash layer.

Some love this site,  others say its a garden project.  Whatever you feel, 8 cairns within a circle is unusual.

This site is not likely to be of interest to New Age groups.

See also

Our section on stone circles

The discussion on the purpose of stone circles

Planning Grid


Cullerlie Stone Circle, Echt, Aberdeenshire

Grid Reference

NJ785043    OS Landranger series: 38

Map Link:


Google maps aerial photograph

Getting there:

Turn south off B9119 Aberdeen/Tarland Road at Garlogie, in 250m fork left; circle lies on left of road in 1km


From the A944 W from Aberdeen, take the left turning for Echt. After about 3 miles, take the B9125 S towards Banchory. Shortly after this turning turn along the lane to the left. The next left signposted for Cullerlie leads right past the circle which is signposted to the left of the road, just before the farm.


Off road, signposted


Ample parking



Things To Do, See and Photograph:

Unusual arrangement of stones

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Other Restrictions: none
Special Needs Access: Level and no known problems, near the road, easy walking
Special Needs Facilities:  
Children Facilities: No problems
Dogs Allowed: Nothing specified. mention of farm dog greeting visitors

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Date Updated: 02/08

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