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Dunnideer stone circle, 450m north west of Dunnideer Tower

A Scheduled Monument in West Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.3449 / 57°20'41"N

Longitude: -2.6519 / 2°39'6"W

OS Eastings: 360863

OS Northings: 828456

OS Grid: NJ608284

Mapcode National: GBR M9T9.MVW

Mapcode Global: WH8NC.7NF5

Entry Name: Dunnideer stone circle, 450m NW of Dunnideer Tower

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1925

Last Amended: 29 October 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM21

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Insch

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: West Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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 is of a type (a recumbent stone circle) which is found only in North East Scotland. While its state of preservation is relatively poor, it has the potential to provide important information about design and construction, and how this architectural form relates to other variations across Scotland. It also has the potential to improve our understanding of prehistoric ritual activity in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument was first scheduled in 1925 and again in 1961. The number of the original scheduling file is 22927/1a.

The monument is recorded by NMRS as NJ62NW 4. There is a NMRS report for this site, which is attached.


Burl, H A W (1973 a)

'The recumbent stone circles of North-East Scotland'

Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 102, 1969-70, 78

Burl, {H} A {W} (1976 a)

The stone circles of the British Isles

London and New Haven, 351

Coles, F R (1902 a)

'Report on stone circles in Aberdeenshire (Inverurie, Eastern Parishes, and Insch Districts), with measured plans and drawings, obtained under the Gunning Fellowship'

Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 36, 1901-2, 537-8

Name Book (County) ( )

Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey

Book No. 41, 60

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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