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Ardlair, stone circle 450m south west of

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

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Latitude: 57.3398 / 57°20'23"N

Longitude: -2.7447 / 2°44'40"W

OS Eastings: 355272

OS Northings: 827942

OS Grid: NJ552279

Mapcode National: GBR M9LB.1CK

Mapcode Global: WH7M5.TS63

Entry Name: Ardlair, stone circle 450m SW of

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 10 January 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Kennethmont

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a recumbent stone circle of the later Neolithic period, about 4500 years old. The monument has been scheduled for many years, but this proposal provides an accurate map for the first time.

Only the recumbent stone and its flanking pillars survive, but these are massive. The circle seems to have surrounded a low bank of earth and stones, c.4.5m in diameter and 0.2m high, probably the remains of a ring cairn. The circle is in a striking position.

The area to be scheduled, including the visible remains of the circle, the area likely to have been occupied by the rest of the circle (where buried archaeological features may survive), and an area around where further features may survive, measures 40m in diameter, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively well preserved example of its kind, in a prominent hilltop position. It has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of this regionally restricted monument type.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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