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The Legend of the Maiden Stone
According to a local tale, a young woman of Drumdurno unwisely wagered with a stranger that she could bake a loaf of meal before he could build a road to the summit of Bennachie. Unknown to the maiden, the stranger was, in fact, the devil in disguise. He finished the road just before the loaf was done. The maiden fled from the devil, but he was about to catch her when she said a prayer, just as the devil touched her shoulder. She was instantly turned to stone, but the place where the devil's hand had touched her left a small cleft in the stone; that same cleft that we can see today in the Maiden Stone.
The Maiden Stone is one of the few cross slabs combined with Pictish symbols to be found in the Aberdeenshire area (others include the Dyce Symbol Stones). The stone is usually covered during the winter months to avoid frost damage.
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About Maiden Stone
Address: Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site - Carved Stone
Location: On a minor road off the A96, near Chapel of Garioch, 4.5 miles (6.8km) NW Inverurie
Website: Maiden Stone
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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