Castle Frazer Stone Circle
Inverurie, Aberdeenshire OS Map
Stone Circle Canmore
Also known as Castle Fraser; Balgorkar; Balgorar; West Mains

This recumbent circle of red and grey granite boulders stands atop a natural mound. Broken urns under some of the stones suggest that this site dates from around 1500BC.

Burl reports that the mound was leveled around the recumbent stone - presumably in order to render the top of the stone horizontal. Much smaller stones were set in the interior of the circle and also around the outside of the stones to give a "paved" surface.

As with many recumbent stone circles in the northeast, the recumbent stone is aligned on a particular moonset position - in this case, the position of moonset at the major standstill.

There are a recumbent stone, two flankers, and seven other stones arranged in a 25-metre diameter circle. Three of the stones are fallen. The tallest stones are about 2 metres in height.

Images ©2003 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

0km Castle Frazer Stone Row Stone Row
6km Midmar Kirk Stone Circle (Recumbent)
6km Sunhoney Stone Circle (Recumbent)
7km Tillyfourie Stone Circle (Recumbent)
8km Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle (Recumbent)
10km Cullerlie Stone Circle
12km Maiden Stone Pictish Stone Class II
14km Glassel Stone Circle
16km Loanhead of Daviot Stone Circle (Recumbent)
18km Cairnfauld Stone Circle Stone Circle
20km Eslie the Greater Stone Circle (Recumbent); Ring Cairn
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)