Tilquhillie Stone Circle

Near Banchory

For many years, the reputed existence of a recumbent stone circle at Tilquhillie Castle was treated as little more than a myth. However, following intensive historical research, it is now firmly believed that a recumbent stone circle did indeed once stand in one of the fields southeast of Tilquhillie castle.

Already destroyed by the mid 1800s, two stones—both impressive—are believed still to exist, though neither on the actual site of the circle. The recumbent remains as a massive block, long discarded on to a consumption dyke (pink marker on map). The other, an impressive tapering pillar, possibly a flanker sits in a gap in a dyke almost adjacent to the gate of the castle.

Note: For interest, you can switch to a 1:25000 Ordnance Survey Map of the area. Just hover the cursor over "Bird's Eye" at the top of the map, them move down and click on Ordnance Survey Map.

Location of Flanker (blue) and Recumbent (pink)
The recumbent, abandoned on a dyke A close-up view of the recumbent stone
Another view of the recumbent stone The flanker, relocated a few metres from Tilquhillie Castle