Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

 

Overview

Observe the detail of this fine cross-slab, probably intended to promote the growing Pictish church about 1,300 years ago.

The Eassie Cross slab is one of the earliest examples of a Pictish cross-slab, dating to the late AD 600s. It’s in a remarkable state of preservation – while weathered, details like the musculature of the deer depicted are still clearly visible.

The cross-slab now sits in a purpose-built shelter in the corner of a ruined church at Eassie, and was found in a stream that runs below the churchyard wall. This was very likely the site of an early Pictish church.