The Ringing Stone at Cairnie

The remains of this circle took a little bit of finding although once detected it’s hard to see why. However when I first thought I’d spotted it my companion dismissed it as a sheep on the brow of the hill. I wouldn’t like to meet that sheep on a dark night.

The hill is in fact an artificial mound and set within a field.

Little of the recumbent circle remains but some disturbed stones lie around the area.

The recumbent is magnificent and is still in its place set up on group of small boulders and faces SSW. Was it raised at some point?

The Ringing Stone it is also known as the Iron Stone .

The Ringing Stone gets its name from the ringing sound given off when it is tapped.

The muckle recumbent measures in excess of 10 feet long so comes in at well beyond even the most magnificent of sheep.

The far fallen stone is whinstone measuring around 6 ft X almost 3ft.

The two prone orthostats are around 8ft X 2ft 69

Over the centuries since the period of stone circles people have demolished them and reused their stones. This appears to have happened here with the ring’s missing orthostats. The recumbent’s survival might be due to it being left as a rubbing stone for farm beasts.

There is also evidence that stones have been drilled into with the intention of splitting them. Some of the large debris stones are similarly drilled in the field below.

One Comment to “The Ringing Stone at Cairnie”

  1. Hello, Thank you for the photos! I did not know there was once a stone circle in Cairnie. I am interested in the area, as my great-great grandfather, Alexander Ellis was baptized at the local church. Kindly, Lisa Thomas

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