Scheduled Monument

Parkhouse Hill stone circle (Aikey Brae)SM2

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


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Last Date Amended
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Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring
Local Authority
Old Deer
NJ 95873 47090
395873, 847090


The monument comprises a stone circle situated on the summit of Parkhouse Hill.

The monument is of the class of 'recumbent' stone circles, where there is a large recumbent stone between the two tallest upright stones. There are 5 stones still standing, including the recumbent stone itself, and a further 5 stones that have fallen. The stones are set on a bank of small stones and earth which is about 1.2m wide and appears to have had inner and outer stone kerbs. To the SW of the stone circle there are traces of a small stone-built enclosure, about 5m by 3.5m in size, built onto the outside of the bank.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m in diameter, to include the remains of the stone circle and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved example of a distinctive regional type which has the potential to contribute significantly to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and religion.



The monument is RCAHMS number NJ94NE4.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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