Maiden Stone

  • 4.5m north west of Inverurie on the A96



Admire one of the most beautiful, grand and distinguished pieces of Pictish sculpture in north-east Scotland.

The Maiden Stone is a 3m-tall cross-slab of pinkish granite, dating to sometime after AD 700. It’s a sculptural delight, bearing both characteristic Pictish symbols and what may be a biblical scene.

Plenty of local folklore exists around the Maiden Stone. One tale has it that the stone was once a maiden, who lost a bet with the Devil. As she fled, the Devil turned her to stone. Another says it’s a memorial to a young woman killed as a result of a dispute between two families.

Opening times

Can be viewed during summer months.

The stone is covered in winter as it is vulnerable to frost damage and the cold winter conditions.

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