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

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