Aikey Brae Recumbent Stone Circle

Aikey Brae Recumbent Stone Circle, Old Deer, Aberdeenshire took a bit of finding – the trail is through a pine forest, dodging awkward branches but then the stones rear up in front – if you’re lucky.

The circle is c.14.4m diameter

The circle is very incomplete but worth a visit for the wonderfully shaped recumbent  stone which weighs in at some 25.5 tons.

The recumbent and one flanker compared to the shape of a whale has a ‘nose’ end which is thought to have been used to raise the end to level the beast of a stone.

Compare the ‘nose’ with the blunt end below.

Only 3 standing stones remain from the original 11.

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