Scheduled Monument

Guidebest, stone circle, Latheronwheel BurnSM453

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring
Local Authority
ND 18025 35110
318025, 935110


The monument comprises a prehistoric stone circle. The circle is already scheduled, but this extension ensures that the area immediately around it is adequately protected.

The circle, which is about 50m across, consists of 8 stones, one fallen and one broken. The largest is about 1.5m tall, the smallest 0.5m. There are other stones in the immediate area that may once have formed part of the setting. Such circles are ritual monuments of the later Neolithic and early Bronze Age periods. The stream-side site is not an uncommon one for such monuments.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle 70m in diameter, but excluding all of that part of the circle lying over or to the W of the Burn of Latheronwheel. This includes all of the stone circle, its interior and a small area around it in which associated remains are likely to survive. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.



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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.

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