Cullerlie Stone Circle

Echt, United Kingdom

Cullerlie stone circle, also known as the Standing Stones of Echt, consists of eight irregular stones of red granite arranged at approximately equal intervals to form a circle of 10.2 m diameter, enclosing the same number of small cairns. 

At the time that the circle was built in the second millennium BC, the surrounding landscape was characterised by wet bogs, and the stones were transported to the site from higher ground some distance away. The tallest of the stones marks the north side of the circle. A 2004 survey of the site discovered that several of the stones had been carved with previously unnoticed cup marks.

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Founded: 2000 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Marge Simpson (4 years ago)
An ancient burial and cremation site. Sends shivers down your spine. Also was greeted by a lovely girl collie doggy from the farm adjacent to the stones circle. She was so gorgeous and friendly and loved being petted.
Linda Miller (4 years ago)
What a surprise to come on to this ancient site. It should be celebrated and advertised for the historic site that it is. Very well kept and impressive, haunting, it was an important place.
Rhiannon Grant (4 years ago)
A nicely kept stone circle, apparently visited regularly, with a welcoming avenue of trees and a space to park. A good atmosphere overall although not improved by someone in the next field shooting pigeons.
James Kennedy (4 years ago)
Well, I don't know what a stone circle has to include that deserves a five star review but this is a very good one, so it got five stars. Very well kept, grass cut, parking immediately adjacent, access via steps and small ramp to grass access. See pics
Alice Branston (4 years ago)
Really well presented stone circle with straightforward access. Very impressed by the collie dog that arrived from the nearby farm to escort us to the circle and spent the next 45 minutes playing fetch with my children! Parking for approximately 3 cars provided
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