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Old Bourtreebush,stone circle and cairn 250m west of

A Scheduled Monument in North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0558 / 57°3'20"N

Longitude: -2.1605 / 2°9'37"W

OS Eastings: 390361

OS Northings: 796091

OS Grid: NO903960

Mapcode National: GBR XM.DQ4Q

Mapcode Global: WH9R2.SXCB

Entry Name: Old Bourtreebush,stone circle and cairn 250m W of

Scheduled Date: 31 July 1925

Last Amended: 16 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM980

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Banchory-Devenick

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: North Kincardine

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises the remains of a stone circle surrounding a cairn, possibly a ring cairn.

The circle has been reduced to an arc of five stones (four upright, one fallen) running from the SW round to the E, with a possible sixth stone lying to the W. The cairn is visible as a low stony mound. Although the circle has been damaged, it seems likely that the archaeological content of the site remains largely undiminished.

The area to be scheduled measures 50m E to W and 40m N to S, to include the circle and an area around it in which remains associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved recumbent stone circle and cairn, which have the capacity to enhance considerably our understanding of late Neolithic ritual and burial practices. The monument is of particular importance because of its proximity to another circle of the same kind, at Aquhorthies, 300m to the NNW. Their relationship could cast considerable light on the use to which the circles were put.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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