History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
When the 25th Earl died in 1880 he was buried in a special family vault. Shortly after, the vault was burgled and the body disappeared. The body remained missing for over a year, and the story was front-page news; even Queen Victoria toook a personal interest and sent a note of condolence to the Countess. The missing corpse was finally discovered reburied in a shallow grave near the house. A rat-catcxher by the name of Charles Soutar was convicted and executed for his part in the 'Great Dunecht Mystery'.
There are numerous ancient sites in the area, among them Cullerlie Stone Circle, Sunhoney Stone Circle, and Midmar Kirk Stone Circle.
Address: Dunecht, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Village
Location: At the junction of the B977 and A944 5 miles west of Westhill
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Castle Fraser - 3 miles (Historic House)
Sunhoney Stone Circle - 3.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Cullerlie Stone Circle - 3.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Midmar Kirk Stone Circle - 3.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Lang Stane o'Craigearn - 4.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Kintore Symbol Stone - 5.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Drum Castle - 5.8 miles (Historic House)
Monymusk Church - 5.9 miles (Historic Church)
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