Aikey Brae Stone Circle stands at the summit of Parkhouse Hill and is, according to visitors, "the most original, complete, and 'unimproved'" recumbent stone circle in Aberdeenshire. It was built by a farming community some time around 4,000 years ago. It was probably built as a means of charting the passing of the seasons by plotting the lunar cycle.
The circle itself comprises ten stones and covers an area of over 47 feet in diameter. It is estimated that the recumbent weighs over 21 tons, and like its flankers, the upright stones standing at either end of it, is made of whinstone that must have been transported here from some distance away. The remaining stones are made of local granite, with the largest being next to the flankers and the smallest opposite the recumbent.
About Aikey Brae Stone Circle
Undiscovered Scotland: Aikey Brae Stone CircleJourney to Aikey Brae Stone Circle The Aikey Brae Stone Circle is reached via a signposted minor road that heads south from the B9029 approximately mid-way between Maud and Old Deer, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A trail leads from a small parking spot (before a farmstead on the minor road) through woods to the stone circle.
Ordnance Survey Map (NJ95874709)Visitors Information Visitors information about the Aikey Brae Stone Circle may be found at the Aberdeenshire Council: Aikey Brae Stone Circle website. General tourist information may be found at the Aberdeenshire Council website. Additional Photos of Aikey Brae Stone Circle
Road Sign on the B9029 for the Aikey Brae Stone Circle
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