Recumbent Stone Circles are a distinctive type of stone
circle found in North East Scotland. Two stones,
often the tallest ones, flank a large recumbent
stone lying on its side, weighing many tons.
Mostly facing South West but with regional variations,
its purpose is uncertain, but it is thought to be a level
"frame" over which to observe the movements of the moon.
The following examples are only a fraction of the hundred
or so surviving Recumbent Stone Circles in North East Scotland
Some stone circles are under the protection of Historic Scotland.
Some are on Forestry land, but most are on private land and many
are in agricultural fields. When visiting a site, ask permission
from the landowner where appropriate. Park carefully at farms
and on the narrow country roads.
It is possible to reach most of the stone circles from bus
routes planning a walk of a few miles along farm tracks and
back roads. All the sites in this guide were seen in this way,
but you have to be a keen walker, as some walks involve a 10 or
12 mile walk. If walking, take sturdy boots, waterproofs, maps
and compass, food and drink.