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A pictish sculpture on display at Groam House Museum
Follow the Highland Pictish Trail ››

Discover the Pictish heritage of the Highlands

  • Looking up to the cathedral's stained glass window with the tower at the side of the building
    Brechin Cathedral and Tower, Angus
  • Meigle Sculptured Stones Museum
    Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum, Angus

Journey through Dundee & Angus' past and follow the Pictish Trail. Discover the mysterious Pictish stones left by the early settlers that now cover the landscape of this unique part of the world.

The Picts, a Celtic people inhabiting most of what we now know as Scotland, are best known by their carved symbol stones, of which some of the finest are in Angus. Discover the area’s ancient past and the legacy of the enigmatic Picts by visiting the stones and places they left their mark on.

Explore the rich Pictish heritage of Angus through displays, replicas and original artefacts at museums, churches, cathedrals and towers. Designed to be followed by car, enthusiastic cyclists and walkers alike, this 11 point trail will take more than a day to complete.

What better place to begin the Pictish Trail than by exploring Brechin Cathedral, which is noted for its round tower and four sculptured stones which date from the late 11th or early 12th century?

Then journey on to see the Aberlemno Sculptured Stones which are located on the side of the Forfar to Brechin road. These three fascinating stones show a hunting scene, battle scene and an army of men. The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery in Forfar is home to five crossslabs originally discovered in 1797, as well as a further 12 fragments excavated in 1995.

Other highlights from the Pictish Trail include the fantastic collections at The McManus, Montrose Museum and Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum.

Please note that Pictavia has now closed.