Historic Scotland

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Overview

See in a single place the 38 Pictish stones found in this Angus village. St Vigeans was likely an important Pictish religious centre, judging by the number and quality of the Pictish Christian carvings.

The carved stones were dotted in and around the village church, which sits on a natural mound where a Pictish church or monastery may have once stood. Some stones were even incorporated into the walls of the late medieval church – and a few remain in place.

What to see and do

  • Look for the Latin, Pictish and Old Irish words on the Drosten Stone – a mighty 1.75m tall, yet carved with great delicacy
  • See the macabre carving of a man taking blood from a bull on the savagely re-cut but still impressive St Vigeans 7
  • View St Vigeans 8, 9 and 13 – one of the carved grave-covers shows a man consumed by beasts, perhaps warning of Hell
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the stones. Available on site

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