What are standing stones?
When the first settlers arrived in Scotland over 10,000 years ago, they began to erect incredible monuments, some of which can still be seen today. Stone circles can be found across Scotland and were likely to be places of ceremony, worship burial grounds and social gathering places. Some examples of Pictish stones with intricate carvings and designs have also survived, particularly in the north east regions of Aberdeenshire and Moray.
What do stone circles mean?
The purpose of these stones is a puzzle that modern day archaeologists can only speculate over. Many sites are believed to have been used for religious or ceremonial purposes, but these ancient sites may forever remain shrouded in mystery.
Where are standing stones found?
There are many ancient sites in Scotland, each with a tale to tell. Travel to the Hebrides to find standing stones in Mull, visit some ancient Aberdeen stone circles in the north east, or explore Achavanich standing stones and the Aviemore stone circle in the Highlands. Orkney and Shetland have a particularly prevalent number of standing stones, but you can find them all over Scotland.