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.

References:

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Details

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

Rating

4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Marge Simpson (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Kisimul Castle

Dating from the 15th century, Kisimul is the only significant surviving medieval castle in the Outer Hebrides. It was the residence of the chief of the Macneils of Barra, who claimed descent from the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. Tradition tells of the Macneils settling in Barra in the 11th century, but it was only in 1427 that Gilleonan Macneil comes on record as the first lord. He probably built the castle that dominates the rocky islet, and in its shadow a crew house for his personal galley and crew. The sea coursed through Macneil veins, and a descendant, Ruari ‘the Turbulent’, was arrested for piracy of an English ship during King James VI’s reign in the later 16th century.

Heavy debts eventually forced the Macneil chiefs to sell Barra in 1838. However, a descendant, Robert Lister Macneil, the 45th Chief, repurchased the estate in 1937, and set about restoring his ancestral seat. It passed into Historic Scotland’s care in 2000.

The castle dates essentially from the 15th century. It takes the form of a three-storey tower house. This formed the residence of the clan chief. An associated curtain wall fringed the small rock on which the castle stood, and enclosed a small courtyard in which there are ancillary buildings. These comprised a feasting hall, a chapel, a tanist’s house and a watchman’s house. Most were restored in the 20th century, the tanist’s house serving as the family home of the Macneils. A well near the postern gate is fed with fresh water from an underground seam. Outside the curtain wall, beside the original landing-place, are the foundations of the crew house, where the sailors manning their chief’s galley had their quarters.