Cairnfauld Stone Circle
Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Stone Circle Canmore HES

The three stones that remain of this stone circle stand on a ridge with good views of the surrounding countryside.

Although this area is within "recumbent stone circle" territory, there seems to be some doubt as to whether the prostrate stone is actually a recumbent stone or simply a standing stone that has toppled.

There are records of five stones in a cicle measuring about 22 yards across-- the two missing stones are possibly within the collection of field-clearance stones at the edge of the field. All the remaining stones are between 4 and 6 feet tall.

Burl reports that human bones were found buried near the centre of the circle in the 19th century.

See also: Nine Stanes Stone Circle.

Images ©2000 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

4km Eslie the Greater Stone Circle (Recumbent); Ring Cairn
4km Ninestanes Recumbent Stone Circle Stone Circle (Recumbent)
10km Cullerlie Stone Circle
11km Glassel Stone Circle
12km Sunhoney Stone Circle (Recumbent)
13km Kempstone Hill Standing Stones
13km Midmar Kirk Stone Circle (Recumbent)
16km Dunnottar Castle Castle
18km Castle Frazer Stone Circle Stone Circle
18km Castle Frazer Stone Row Stone Row
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)