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There are over 500 standing stone sites in Scotland. That's more than any other country in the world. Why were they built? What purpose did they serve? All great questions but, as yet, almost impossible to answer.

Unless we invent a time machine, we can only guess.


I want to see what local children think about them. What legends surround them,  how these mystical places fire up their imagination.

Tune into the video diary of my trip on the Education Scotland link below

The Stone Circle Tour Video Diaries

Paul Murdoch's 2016 Stone Circle Video Diary

ALONE STONE - by Ben William Maddox (11yrs old)


Standing in the daisy flooded meadow

As white as snow.

No attraction, no Attention

A stone with a lonely smile.

Its neighbours standing tall

With triumphant glee.

People swarming around the field

To the west stones.

Big and small, dry and salty.

Listening to the wind whisping

And skimming past the sleek

Bare skin of the small lonely stone.

During my trip, children have been drawing creatures, writing poems and forming stories inspired by the stone circles near them. I have posted some examples below plus the excellent winning story in the 'tales around the stones' competition. Braesclete Primary will revieve a package of children's books from Strident Publishing.

STANDING STONES - Ninamarie Watt (11 yrs old)


They stand

Togther strong.

And tall, a wizard hat

From far, a salty taste, they're warm

And rough.


- Todd Alexander Gontarek (11 yrs old)


They stand tall;

Oh, I wonder what happens at night;

Different patterns.

Grass, daisies, more wonders around.

But only they...

Stand out.

That's not all though!

Differ in sizes, positions.

Different patterns, believed to be star patterns.

They have life growing on them, around them.

Mystery remains of their past.

Perhaps you will find out.


THE STONES - Angus McLean (11 yrs old)


Like a face at first sight.

Like a stone mountain.

Smell like sheep.

Dry soundless wind.

The Winning Story

by Sandy Widdup.

comp winner