The Scot asked me what I wanted to see when we went on holiday and I mentioned I'd like to see the old stones and ruins. So, we looked up the pictish stone routes and hunted a few of them down. Since they happen to be quite prolific in the NE of Scotland, the big ones were easy to find. And many of them are found in old kirkyards.
You should be able to see the inscriptions if you biggy size them.
The Brandsbutt stones are in the middle of a housing development now. Originally, of course, a farmers field.
Someone broke this stone up and put it in a stone wall once upon a time. Archeologists had to put it back together again.
And way in the back you can see the few stones left of the old stone circle.
This stone circle is still in the middle of a field. Deceptively like a field in PA. We'll have to do something about the lack of stone circles though.
Here we have the very famous Maiden Stone, on the side of the road. Legend says a young woman was running away from the devil when she looked back. You can see where his claw grabbed her by the shoulder, too.
It wasn't enough, though, to have an ancient stone beside the road. Someone decided to place a new icon on their property on the other side of the road. But, apparently too many people started trampling on the field to view the modern maiden so they fenced it off.
But it looks like the Rescuers made a trip to visit her too!
This is the also famous Sueno Stone. It was weathering too quickly so now it has its own glass house!
Here's another stone in the middle of Elgin Cathedral. As you might notice, there is not a lot left of the Cathedral.
Inside Elgin Cathedral looking at the front door from the altar.
It got burned down once too oft
en. And then, what with the Reformation. . . You can't just let good stone go to waste. Houses and barns need building!
It is still very impressive and there were actors practicing for a show in a few weeks. They're putting on MacBeth in the roofless cathedral. THAT would be quite brilliant, I'm sure.
And here's the other side with a celtic cross. That places it about the ninth century or somewhere thereabouts.
And here we see the bishops. Impressive, eh?