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

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