Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Stone circles are common throughout the British Isles, but the type of circle represented at Easter Aquhorthies is found only in north-east Scotland, where there are around a hundred.

Their characteristic feature is a large stone set on its side (recumbent) and flanked by two upright stones, usually on the south or south-west arc of the circle. The tallest stones of the circle are also usually on the same arc.

Easter Aquhorthies is one of the more well known recumbent stone circles, dating from around 3000 BC. Why our Neolithic ancestors built them isn’t known. They may have been used for astronomical observation, to help the local farming community follow the changing seasons. The moon at midsummer, for instance, would have been framed by the recumbent stone and its flankers. Another possibility is that they were built to frame sacred landscape features.

Easter Aquhorthies is located near Inverurie in North East Scotland.

A Day of Firsts, A Week to Last

To walk with you, to finally feel your hand in mine
After the year we had waited to see each other
My mind was in love with life - for once - as much as I was with you

I surprised you that day, arriving at your hometown in Scotland
Thousands of miles from what is falsely called my home
To spend our first week together

It has been over a year since then now
And I can still smell the crispness in the fresh, foreign air
Feel the dampness in your hair on that rainy afternoon

As I pulled you in to our first kiss
The first day I’ve ever seen your beautiful face in front of mine
The last week for too long of a time to have the chance to do so

Had I ever known your lips would haunt me as they do now
I would have kissed you a thousand times over
A thousand times stronger

Impossibly enough to last a lifetime.

- A. Broome

The Maiden Stone  is a Pictish standing stone near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, most likely dating to the 8th century AD.

The name is derived from local legend, incorporating the most obvious mark of wear and tear on the stone: a triangular notch toward the top of the monument.

The legend states that the daughter of the Laird of Balquhain made a bet with a stranger that she could bake a bannock faster than he could build a road to the top of Bennachie. The prize would be the maiden’s hand. However, the stranger was the Devil and finished the road and claimed the forfeit. The maiden ran from the Devil and prayed to be saved. The legend finishes by saying that God turned her to stone, but the notch is where the Devil grasped her shoulder as she ran.

Based on the mixture of Pictish and Christian symbols on the stone it is most likely that the stone marks a preaching site during missionary trips to the Picts.

The stone is carved with Christian and Pictish symbology. The west side shows a cross with a human figure between two fish. Below the cross there is a disc shape with a Celtic spiral motif surrounded by a key patterned ring, with simple knotwork patterns in the corners. On the reverse, there are four panels enclosing: several centaur-type figures and a dog; a notched rectangle and Z-rod; a Pictish Beast; and a mirror and comb. There is a knotwork pattern on the narrow north edge and a keywork pattern on the south edge. A portion of the north edge is missing and the patterns are heavily eroded, particularly on the western face.

The human figure and fish are assumed to represent the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale.

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So, there’s military stopping everyone from entering a little town near me, Royal Marines have set up an MG nest on the bridge that overlooks the main road. There’s nothing in the news and they seem very worried about news of it getting out >.>

There are two man teams on every street corner, my friend just passed through on a bus and had to be inspected to make sure that nobody was filming.

The Maiden Stone,

Inverurie, Aberdeenshire Scotland

One of the few ‘Class II’ Pictish monuments in the north east of Scotland. This an upright slab of red granite, 3.01 m high, with relief carvings of a cross on one side and symbols on the other. The name ‘Maiden Stone’ is said to come from the legend of a daughter of a Laird of Balquhain who was turned to stone on her wedding day after losing a bet with the devil.

To the man at the bus stop

You were waiting, I was too though not for long

Manny is your game, I don’t know your name

We spoke for a while and I think we got along

Bad jokes were made, but I have no shame

Similar morals brought us closer for a minute

I didn’t mean to act so excited when my bus came

Sorry that we had to part on our own separate routes

If only I’d asked you for at least your name

I am not saying any of this…

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The Mystery Solved

Okay, so, this will most likely be my final update on the situation in Inverurie. (Sorry to all of my usual followers who’ve had to put up with this slight deviation of topic). Word down the grapevine is that there’s nothing to worry about really. The following is what I’ve HEARD and is by no means EXACTLY what happened.

The way I hear it, a truck full of “Classified Materials” went off the road and crashed in Inverurie, and was immediately classified as a threat to national security. The Marines were deployed about 15-25 minutes later, leading to what I have reported. Nobody has been harmed (that I’m aware of) and there is no reason to worry about anybody involved, there was just a cock-up. Thanks.



Headlined on the brochure from Strutt & Parker as ‘The hidden gem of Donside’, this is one seriously good looking house. The A listed property dates from around 1797 and served as a Catholic seminary until 1829 before becoming a private home. The current seller’s family moved here in 1975 and this is the first time that the property has been offered for sale since.

House of Aquahorthies has a south-facing setting in the Don Valley, on the slopes of Bennachie, and is 4 miles from Inverurie and 20 miles from Aberdeen. The property includes 40 acres of land and is being sold in two lots: Lot 1, the main house with around 38 acres of land, including woodlands and two paddocks, and also including a two bedroom Gardener’s Cottage and a Bothy; and Lot 2, the Stables House, which includes a walled garden, a range of traditional farm buildings, and just over 2 acres of land. The Lots aren’t for sale separately; rather, a sale of Lot 2 will only be considered to a purchaser of Lot 1.

Why: This is a handsome house in a knockout setting, which perhaps says it all. As these photos show, the property is filled with period detail including ornate mantelpieces, beamed ceilings, and pitch pine panelling, and this all adds to the atmosphere of the place. The accommodation is arranged over three main floors and the attic level. The master suite is on the first floor, along with the impressive drawing room and a second bedroom, and there are five further bedrooms on the second floor and two attic bedrooms above, along with a play room. The ground level includes a library, sitting room, dining room and kitchen. This isn’t a house where you’d ever be complaining about lack of space or room for guests.

The grounds are as special. The view down the Don Valley is framed by mature trees, and there’s a beautiful ornamental lake with a boathouse and jetty to the east of the house. A hidden gem indeed.

For sale here. Offers over £1,300,000, Strutt & Parker.

Harlaw Monument, nr Inverurie

Commemorating the 1411 Battle of Harlaw. A Highland army led by Donald, Lord of the Isles, was defeated here by a Lowland army. Most of the victorious Lowlanders came from Aberdeen and the North-east. This picture is from 2008 and the monument although built in 1911 to mark the 500th anniversary of the battle it was not completed until the 600th anniversary. If you look halfway up the collumn you will see the larger blank stonework these were originally intended to carry the coats of arms of the principal protagonists along with an additional four armorial devices. But in 1911 there was still bad feeling about the enemies of the defeated army. The coats of arms of The City of Aberdeen, Leslie, Mar, Forbes, Irvine, Keith, Leith, Ogilvy, Scrymgeour, Macdonald, Maclean, and Macintosh were to be placed on the monument but there was an objection to paying for the arms of the ‘enemy’, ( Macdonald, Maclean, and Macintosh ) and as a result no heraldry was added to the monument. It was left ‘unfinished’ for almost 100 years!! If you follow the link below you can view the finished article.
The lights you see in the distance is the metropolis of Inverurie.