The Templars were not the only people to use symbols, an effective way of communicating in a world where few people could read and write. Scattered throughout the North East of Scotland are enigmatic stones carved by the earlier Picts with fantastical beasts and strange symbols, some not unlike later supposed representations of the Divine Feminine, the subject of Dan Brown’s tale.

Going back even further in time, over a hundred Bronze Age recumbent stone circles, a feature peculiar to the region, bring further mystery with their astronomical alignments, symbolic layouts and enigmatic cup-marked rocks.

Join us on a tour, in collaboration with Wild History and Whisky Tours, through the beautiful scenery of Deeside and neighbouring Garioch to hear some of the history and stories behind these fascinating and iconic places. Starting at Maryculter at the time of the Templars, we’ll travel back in time to see how these sacred sites were used and re-used, pondering the meaning of the stone enigmas on the way.

What’s Included

  •  2 Nights B&B
  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Guided Chauffeur Tour
  • Packed Lunch
  • Pictish Stone and Gin gift

The Details

A two night break from 1st April to 31st October 2021

£620 per room per night Based on 2 people sharing a room

To book, please contact Leigh-Anne on

Transfers to and from Aberdeen airport/Aberdeen or Stonehaven train stations can be pre-arranged. £75pp deposit. Balance due 28 days in advance of arrival.

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