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8.6 Other Pictish Stone Sites North of Inverness

Other Pictish stone sites

Explore the history of the Picts along the east coast from Inverness northwards.

Trail highlighting 17 sites with Pictish stones, ranging from Inverness to Dunrobin near Golspie.

The catalogue lists all the stones in the museum’s collections. A useful introduction to Pictish symbols

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery has a collection of Pictish stones dating mainly from the 6th-8th centuries. See museum website for visiting times

The museum houses 15 Pictish stones dating from the 8th century onwards. The main exhibit is an elaborate 8th or 9th century cross-slab. It is a Class 2 stone which means it is carved in relief with a mix of Pictish and Christian symbols. Many of the designs are similar to those used in Pictish metalwork. See museum website for visiting times

An essay by Pictish Art expert Isabel Henderson.

A Victorian museum in the grounds of Dunrobin Castle with a collection of more than 20 Pictish stones including class 1 symbol stones and class 2 cross-slabs. See Castle website for visiting times.

Other Pictish Stones in Scotland

This site contains more information on the history of the Picts and their culture.

  • 8.1 Tarbat Discovery Centre, Portmahomack

    Between 1994 and 2007 archaeologists excavated an area around the church of St Colman at Portmahomack on the tip of Tarbat Ness. They discovered an extensive monastic settlement dating from the late 6th century. The Tarbat Discovery Centre tells the story of this Christian settlement and its re-discovery by archaeologists....

  • 8.2 Hilton of Cadboll

    Tarbat Ness is home to a number of standing stones which reflect the artistic skill and Christian faith of the Pictish people who carved them. The stones may have marked the boundary of the lands controlled by the monastery at Portmahomack. The cross-slab at Hilton of Cadboll is a replica...

  • 8.3 Shandwick

    The cross-slab stone at Shandwick is covered with Christian symbols. This is an expression of Pictish Christianity rather than being a stone which combines pagan and religious designs. There were probably a number of monastic settlements along this coast under control of the large monastery at nearby Portmahomack. The stone...

  • 8.4 Nigg Stone

    The Nigg Stone is one the finest carved Pictish stones. It was carved around 800AD - or perhaps earlier - and is covered in Christian symbols From the details of this carved stone, it is clear that there were close links between monks living in Nigg and Portmahomack, and the...

  • 8.5 Craig Phadraig

    Craig Phadraig is a wooded hill on the edge of Inverness. Follow the path up the hill to discover the possible remains of King Brude’s fort. Colmcille’s biographer Adomnán describes the saint visiting King Brude, the Pictish king, at his fort somewhere near the River Ness - possibly here at...

  • 8.6 Other Pictish Stone Sites North of Inverness

    Other Pictish stone sites Explore the history of the Picts along the east coast from Inverness northwards. The Highland Pictish Trail Trail highlighting 17 sites with Pictish stones, ranging from Inverness to Dunrobin near Golspie. A Catalogue of Pictish Stones at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery The catalogue lists all...


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