I made a quick visit this morning to Kirkton of Bourtie Stone Circle, located between Inverurie and Oldmeldrum. It was one of the stone circles that came up when I was looking for sites to get some photographs from. Stone circles and archaeological sites have always fascinated me since I was a kid. A lot of time was spent watching Time Team on channel 4 when it was on. The fascination even led me to studying it for a few years at university, purely just for interest.
As I was driving to the site the sky had turned a lovely deep shade of red. I thought that I would have plenty of time to get there and get setup to catch however that was not to be, by the time I got there and had my equipment all setup the lovely colours had faded away.
As you can see from the images below I am starting to do a lot more long exposure photography both in black and white as well as colour.
This is one of the many recumbent stone circles which are scattered across the north east of Scotland. Something unique to this region. There are only 4 stones still standing, 3 uprights and 1 recumbent. Sadly the rest have been removed over time and it may be possible that they form part of the field wall.
It is thought that the stone circle may have been about 71ft in diameter and has views to the north of Barra Hill Fort and views out to the former hillforts of Bennachie, Dunnydeer and Tap o’ Noth to the west.
When you stand here at the stone circle and look towards all of these hill forts you can just imagine that this area was quite a busy place back in the Neolithic, Bronze Age and through to the Iron Age.