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Cothiemuir Hill, stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2674 / 57°16'2"N

Longitude: -2.6364 / 2°38'11"W

OS Eastings: 361712

OS Northings: 819812

OS Grid: NJ617198

Mapcode National: GBR M9VJ.2XN

Mapcode Global: WH8NR.GLSM

Entry Name: Cothiemuir Hill, stone circle

Scheduled Date: 31 August 1925

Last Amended: 2 August 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM17

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Keig

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a stone circle of prehistoric date, which lies within a forestry plantation on Cothiemuir Hill. The stone circle, measuring approximately 18m in diameter, originally consisted of twelve stones, of which only 5 are now standing. The recumbent stone is flanked by two of the upright stones standing to a height of 2.5m, and a further two stones have fallen. It was first scheduled in 1925, but the original scheduling documentation is missing and the area inadequately defined. The monument is being rescheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 40m in diameter centred on the centre of the circle, to include the remains of the stone circle and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric stone circle and one of a cluster in the local vicinity. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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