Stone Circles

The most well-known of prehistoric monuments. They are ostensibly rings of upright standing stones, generally ellipsoid in structure (Alexander Thom did the 7-category assessment), with seemingly multifunctional usage: moot sites, ritual centres and probably alignments. Generally created from the late neolithic through to Iron Age period. In this category are also included sites now defined as ‘ring cairns’ and other circular neolithic and Bronze Age monuments – but it must be stressed that the function of such sites differs from the standard megalithic rings.

STONE CIRCLES:  Bibliography & References

  1. Acharn Falls, Kenmore – see Greenland
  2. Allt a’ Chaisteal, Bettyhill, Farr, Sutherland
  3. Ash Cabin Flat, Hallam Moor, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  4. Auld Kirk o’ Tough, Corrennie Moor – see Old Kirk of Tough
  5. Backhill of Drachlaw, Fortrie, Aberdeenshire
  6. Backstone Circle, Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire
  7. Baildon Moor Circle, West Yorkshire – see Lower Glovershaw
  8. Balbirnie, Markinch, Fife
  9. Balhaggardy, Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire
  10. Balnacraig, Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire
  11. Balquhain, Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire
  12. Beckhampton Penning, Avebury, Wiltshire
  13. Blackheath Circle, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  14. Borland Glen, Glendevon, Perthshire
  15. Brackenhall Circle, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  16. Bradup, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  17. Braehead, Leslie, Aberdeenshire
  18. Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, North Yorkshire
  19. Broad Moss I, Rattray, Perthshire
  20. Broad Moss II, Rattray, Perthshire
  21. Broad Stones, Clatford, Wiltshire
  22. Caddam, Kirriemuir, Angus
  23. Cairn Riv, Fortrie, Aberdeenshire
  24. Calverley Woods, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  25. Carse Farm (north), Dull, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
  26. Carse Farm (south), Dull, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
  27. Castlerigg, Keswick, Cumbria
  28. Chapel Flat, Dalston, Cumbria
  29. Cheetham Close, Egerton, Lancashire
  30. Clachaig, Bridge of Balgie, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  31. Clachan Aoraidh, Balquhidder, Perthshire
  32. Cleatop, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire
  33. Colpy, Culsalmond, Aberdeenshire
  34. Corrydown, Kirkton of Auchterless, Aberdeenshire
  35. Creich Manse, Brunton, Fife
  36. Croft Moraig, Kenmore, Perthshire
  37. Crow Hill Cairn Circle, Midgley Moor, West Yorkshire
  38. Cultoon, Islay, Argyll
  39. Cunninghar, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire
  40. Druid’s Altar, Bordley, North Yorkshire
  41. Druid’s Ring, Lochearnhead, Perthshire
  42. Drumfours, Muir of Fowlis, Aberdeenshire
  43. Dumpit Hill A, Hebden, Grassington, North Yorkshire
  44. Dumpit Hill B, Hebden, Grassington, North Yorkshire
  45. Dunino, Fife
  46. Dunmoid, Dalginross, Comrie, Perthshire
  47. Easter Nether Urqhuart, Gateside, Fife
  48. Easthill, Auchterarder, Perthshire
  49. Eggleston, Durham
  50. Fancarl Top, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire
  51. Fingal’s Cauldron Seat, Machrie Moor, Kilmory, Arran
  52. Four Stanes, Glendevon, Perthshire
  53. Frogden Circle, Linton, Roxburghshire
  54. Gask, Westhill, Abderdeenshire
  55. Girdle Stanes, Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire
  56. Glassonby Circle, Cumbria
  57. Gleneagles, Blackford, Perthshire
  58. Glenquickan, Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire
  59. Glenshervie Burn, Glen Almond, Perthshire
  60. Glen Shurig, Kilbride, Arran
  61. Greenland, Acharn, Kenmore, Perthshire
  62. Grubstones Circle, Ilkley Moor – see Roms Law, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  63. Gull Stones, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
  64. Haer Stanes, Llanbryde, Banffshire
  65. Harden Moor, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  66. Harestanes, Ancrum, Roxburghshire
  67. Harestanes, Fortrie, Aberdeenshire
  68. Harlaw, Fairnington, Roxburghshire
  69. Harperstone Circle, Dunblane, Stirlingshire
  70. Hawk Hill, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
  71. Hazell Circle, Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire
  72. Healey, Masham, North Yorkshire
  73. Hillhead, Forgue, Aberdeenshire
  74. Hill of Ballunie, Kettins, Perthshire
  75. Hordron Edge, Moscar Moor, Derbyshire
  76. Horncliffe Circle, Hawksworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  77. Innesmill, Urquhart, Moray
  78. Kilmarie, Kirkibost, Strathaird, Skye
  79. King’s Men, Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire
  80. Kinnell, Killin, Perthshire
  81. Kirkmoor Beck Farm, Fylingthorpe, North Yorkshire
  82. Kirkton of Culsalmond, Aberdeenshire
  83. Little Meg, Glassonby, Cumbria
  84. Loanend, Leslie, Aberdeenshire
  85. Loanhead North, Daviot, Aberdeenshire
  86. Loanhead South, Daviot, Aberdeenshire
  87. Long Meg and Her Daughters, Little Salkeld, Cumbria
  88. Loupin Stanes, Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire
  89. Lower Glovershaw, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  90. Lundin Farm, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
  91. Machrie Moor 1, Kilmory, Arran
  92. Machrie Moor 2, Kilmory, Arran
  93. Machrie Moor 3, Kilmory, Arran
  94. Machrie Moor 4, Kilmory, Arran
  95. Machrie Moor 5, Kilmory, Arran – see Fingal’s Cauldron Seat
  96. Machrie Moor 6, Kilmory, Arran
  97. Machuim, Lawers, Loch Tay, Perthshire
  98. Mains of Hatton, Kirkton of Auchterless, Aberdeenshire
  99. Marchwell, Glencorse, Midlothian
  100. Mudbeck Ring, Arkengarthdale Moor, North Yorkshire
  101. Na Clachan Bhreige, Kirkibost, Skye, Inverness-shire
  102. Nether Corskie, Dunecht, Aberdeenshire
  103. Nettlehole Ridge, Skipton, North Yorkshire
  104. Newchurch-in-Pendle, Lancashire
  105. Newcraig, Daviot, Aberdeenshire
  106. Nine Stones Close, Harthill, Derbyshire
  107. Ninewells, Caputh, Perthshire
  108. Old Kirk of Tough, Corrennie Moor, Kirkton of Tough, Aberdeenshire
  109. Pitglassie, Kirkton of Auchterless, Aberdeenshire
  110. Rawthey Bridge, Fell End, Ravenstonedale, Westmorland
  111. Ringstone, Cropredy, Oxfordshire
  112. Ringstone, Whaley Bridge, Cheshire
  113. Ringstone Edge, Barkisland, West Yorkshire
  114. Ringstone Hill, Brierley, South Yorkshire
  115. Ring Stone Hill, Catlow, Nelson, Lancashire
  116. Ringstone Wood, Howden, East Yorkshire
  117. Ringstones, Lowgill, Lancashire
  118. Ring Stones, Worsthorne, Lancashire
  119. Robin Hood’s Penny Stone, Wainstalls, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  120. Roghadal, Harris, Outer Hebrides
  121. The Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
  122. Rombald’s Ring, Rombalds Moor, West Yorkshire (NEW FIND)
  123. Roms Law, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  124. Sheep Scar, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire
  125. Shielburn, Fortrie, Aberdeenshire
  126. Sithean Mor, Shian, Iona, Argyll
  127. Snowden Crags, Askwith Moor, North Yorkshire
  128. Soldier’s Trench, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire – see Brackenhall Green
  129. Stannary, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  130. Sunhoney, Midmar, Aberdeenshire
  131. Sunken Kirk, Clatt, Aberdeenshire
  132. Sunken Kirk, Windley, Derbyshire
  133. Swinside, Hallthwaites, Millon, Cumbria
  134. Templelands, Auchterhouse, Angus
  135. Temple of Anaitis, Lusta, Waternish, Skye
  136. Temple Stones, Potterton, Aberdeenshire
  137. Temple Wood, Kilmartin, Argyll
  138. Tigh na Ruaich, Ballinluig, Perthshire
  139. Tigh Stallar, Boreray, St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides
  140. Toad Stones, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  141. Tofthills, Clatt – see Sunken Kirk
  142. Tullibody, Clackmannanshire
  143. Twelve Apostles, Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire
  144. Walshaw Dean, Wadsworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  145. Weecher, Faweather, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  146. Wester Biggs, Dunblane, Perthshire
  147. The Whetstones, White Grit, Churchstoke, Montgomeryshire
  148. White Hill, Mony Musk, Aberdeenshire
  149. Windy Hill Circle, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  150. Worshipping Stones, Balquhidder – see Clachan Aoraidh

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