Mortlach Battle Stone
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The stone stands about 1.75 metres high (just over 5.5 feet) and can be found beside the path in the lowest part of the graveyard outside historic Mortlach Kirk. The stone is traditionally said to commemorate the victory of Malcolm II over the Danes in 1010.
The Battle Stone is only one of two Pictish stones at Mortlach. The other, probably older, is in the church vestibule. This second stone has an incised carving of a beast, possibly an elephant, and a curved symbol which may represent a brooch. There is another symbol stone at Inveravon, eight miles away.
Having described the carvings, in truth the stone is very hard to decipher; it is very worn and covered with lichen. The cross is easy to make out, but the rest of the carvings can be difficult to see. It took me a good ten minutes to find the stone; it is in the lower section of the graveyard, surrounded by fairly modern gravestones.
About Mortlach Battle Stone
Address: Mortlach Kirk, Dufftown, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site - Carved Stone
Location: In the Mortlach kirkyard, south from the main square in Dufftown (also signposted from the A941 entering Dufftown from the east)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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