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

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