Nine Stanes and Esslie Stone Circles
South of Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Three Stone circles lie a short distance (about 3 miles) south of Banchory. The largest, nestling in a woodland clearing, is the Nine Stanes recumbent circle, conveniently located just 100 metres from a small car park (signposted). The two Esslie circles lie in farmland nearby. The roads leading to them are narrow and do not afford ready parking space, so the best plan is to visit them on foot from the Mulloch Wood car-park. As the round trip from the car-park to the two Esslie Stone Circles is little more than two miles, this makes for a pleasant excursion on a sunny day.
|Recumbent and Flankers at Nine Stanes Stone Circle||Location of Nine Stanes and Esslie Stone Circles|
|Panoramic view of Nine Stanes Recumbent Stone Circle|
|Esslie the Greater (Knock Wood) seen from the Roadside||Esslie the Lesser Stone Circle|