Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

 

Overview

Wonder at the enigmatic carvings on a 2m tall Pictish monolith, which once stood on a stone cairn.

The Picardy Symbol Stone is unusual for two reasons:

  • it’s one of only a few Pictish carved stones standing in its original spot
  • it’s a rare instance of a stone potentially associated with a burial

It’s carved with the mysterious symbols typical of Pictish stones from this era, dating to about AD 600. From the stone’s site we get a good view of the Dunnideer hill-fort, which may have been the stronghold of a Pictish chief.