Rothiemay

Recumbent Stone Circle - Banffshire

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NJ 55064 48734 (GPS 42min) Diameter 28m (Pub. Est.)
Visited Aug 1987/ July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

Only the recumbent and four circle stones stand at Rothiemay today, the circle having been extensively savaged in the 1800s. Even without its flankers, the 20 ton, 4.3m long basalt recumbent is impressive because of the profusion of rock art on its inner and upper surface, no description can do this justice, look at our Rock Art photo to see what we mean. The surviving stone to the east of the recumbent is cupmarked on the outer face and base, but the weather prevented us from capturing this. The original diameter of the circle is estimated at 28m, giving the recumbent a bearing of 216 degrees from the circle centre. The original number of stones in the circle is estimated at twelve.

We have a theory that "Rothiemay" probably translates as "the place of rain" in some ancient tongue. On three separate days we drove to Rothiemay, we arrived, it started to rain. On the fourth day we reckon the rain was late, because we managed to get 45min of photography in before…….......... it started to rain again.

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