Broomend of Crichie, South

One of the few survivors.

A substantial double stone row (or avenue) measuring at least 457m long, originally including around 80 large stones of which only four now survive. The row is situated on a terrace next to the River Don, is orientated north to south and leads from a henge at its northern end. There were originally cairns and a concentric stone circle in the vicinity but these no longer survive.


Scotland Aberdeenshire Rest of Scotland NJ 77914 19653
Lat 57.266994    Long -2.36783

Map showing the location of Broomend of Crichie, South stone row

Simplified plan of Broomend of Crichie stone alignments (After Ritchie, R., 1920, 170).

Conjectural plan showing the form of the alignments prior to their mutilation in the 18th Century. Destroyed features shown grey. (After Ritchie, 1920).


Type: Double Length: 457m
No. of stones: 80 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 0° Altitude: 61m
Upper end: Henge and stone circle Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  – Stone alignment, stone circle and cairns

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


This stone row is of Type D11. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Henge at northern end of the row under excavation. Copyright: George Currie

Henge at the northern end of the row. View from south. 

Henge at the northern end of the row. View from east.

Henge at the northern end of the row. View from north east.

Henge at the northern end of the row. Nearest stone row orthostat highlighted. View from north. 

Stone nearest to the henge. View from east (Scale 1m).

Nearest stone to the henge. View from the south. 

Stone at NGR NJ 77933 19477. View from south.

Stone at NGR NJ 77933 19477. View from south.

Stone at NJ 77905 19324. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone at NJ 77905 19324.  It is remarkable that this stone has survived at all. View from west (Scale 1m). 

Stone at NJ 77905 19324. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone at NJ 77925 19238. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at NJ 77859 19711. The northern end of row and henge are visible from the car parking area.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 221.

Ritchie, J., 1920, ‘The stone circle at Broomend of Crichie, Aberdeenshire’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 54, 1919-20. Pgs. 154-72.


VISITED:- 21st September 2014

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 3rd January 2018

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