New guide to Shire’s Pictish heritage

Provost Hamish Vernal and Claire Herbert launch the new Pictish Guide
Provost Hamish Vernal and Claire Herbert launch the new Pictish Guide

Aberdeenshire Council have released a brand new guide to showcase some of the area’s best examples of Pictish Stones, which is now available to the public.

And the guide has been released as the school holidays arrive, providing a great way to get out and explore the area’s rich heritage.

Ranging from prehistoric stone circles and medieval castles to the remains of World War II defences, a wide variety of historic sites help tell the story of how the region and its people have developed.

To help inspire visitors and residents, Aberdeenshire Council’s Archaeology service in conjunction with the Tourism Team in the Economic Development service has produced a new guide to some of the historic sites on offer.

The Picts, who lived in Scotland between the 4th and 9th centuries AD, are famed for their elaborately decorated symbol stones, although the exact purpose of these enigmatic monuments, and the meaning of the various symbols, continues to be the subject of much research and debate.

The Pictish Stone Trail is a guide to 10 of the best local sites and was launched at the Maiden Stone, near Inverurie by Provost of Aberdeenshire Hamish Vernal and council archaeologist Claire Herbert.

Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal said: “Many of us who know and love this area are aware of lots of these sites through knowledge passed down through generations. But we need to make more of our fantastic local history and enourage others to value it as we do and to learn about what has made and continues to make Aberdeenshire a great place.”

Copies of the leaflet are available online at