Cothiemuir Wood

Recumbent Stone Circle - Aberdeenshire

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NJ61707 19803 (GPS 56min) Diameter 18.3m (meas.)
Visited August 1987/ July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

The Cothiemuir Wood circle stands in a clearing in a conifer plantation. Although some of the circle stones are missing and some are fallen, it is still an imposing site. The impressive 20ton recumbent is 4.2m long and is flanked by two curiously shaped stones, 2.9m high at the east, and 2.7m at the west, this stone being aligned on the major southern moonset. The recumbent is of basalt and the circle stones are mostly of red granite. In the centre of the circle is a pit which is covered by a thick 1m square block of granite, we could not see how deep or big this feature was. If you plan to visit this site in the summer months we would certainly recommend the use of an effective insect repellent!

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