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Aberdeen's Ancient Heritage and Folklore Tour

Aberdeen's Ancient Heritage and Folklore Tour

Barra Hill Fort We start our journey through history with a visit to Barry Hill fort. Hillfort structures that are dotted around Aberdeenshire and are built on higher ground, many would have included wooden or stone enclosures to create a settlement where people lived and worked. These early communities were found Scotland hundreds of years ago and formed the early Aberdeenshire towns and villages. During our visit, we will walk along the earthworks and foundations, and begin to get a sense of how these communities were formed and get a feel for what life would be like living on these hills. *To visit the site we will be walking through fields and off road paths. Insch A short walk up a low hill, from where we see the ruins of Dunnideer Castle. The castle was a tower house located near the village of Insch. It was built c. 1260 partially from the remains of an existing vitrified hill fort in the same location. Standing a short distance away from from the Hillfort are the remaining stones of Dunnideer Stone Circle. Rhynie The area around Rhynie was a Pictish stronghold. The Tap O'Noth, has Scotland’s largest hillfort, that at its height, rivalled the largest post-Roman settlements in Europe. Researchers believe to be a community with over 5,000 residents! There is a collection of Pictish carved stones, and we will hear more about their symbols and meanings. A lone standing stone, the Crawstane was once at the centre of a settlement which had trade across the Mediterranean and great wealth. We will learn about the King of the Scots and how he changed the cultural landscape of Scotland which ultimately led to the downfall of the Picts. Lost & Bellabeg We will take our lunch break at the foot of the Doune of Invernochty motte and bailey castle. The small village is in the Cairngorm National Park and has a lovely charm, perfect for a picnic lunch by the river or a stroll through the country lanes. Tomnavarie Stone Circle With stunning views, Tomnaverie, a recumbent stone circle, is a kind of monument found only in the northeast. What makes them unique is their characteristic large stone on its side, flanked by two upright stones, and a series of standing stone completing the circle. The stone circle is located close to a burial cairn dating to about 4,500 years ago. Relatively little is known about why we have these structures, there are several theories which you’ll discover on your visit.

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