|We were greeted by two Bengal cats and their dog when we arrived at the Rhynie Stones carpark.|
"The origin of the Picts can be found in the tribal society of the Iron Age. They lived in Scotland, North of the Forth and Clyde rivers, between the 4th and 9th Centuries AD, with a particularly strong presence in what is now Aberdeenshire. They acquired the Pict, or Picti, Meaning "Painted People" from the Romans-indeed, much of what is known of the Picts is derived from Historical writers from Outside of Scotland as they left no written records of their own."
"The Picts are renowned for their elaborate and ornate artwork, which take a variety of forms. Best known are the large carved Symbol Stones, decorated with geometric, animal and in the later period, Christian motifs."
|Class I stone from Rhynie, incised with a beast, comb and part of an arch.|
|Drawing of one of the Class II stones.|
|What we were able to see. Glad there was an illustration.|
|Brandsbutt Class I stone has been restored after being broken up by explosives.|
|Family coat of arms over an entrance.|
|Bill took this picture while we were standing under trees to stay dry during a rain storm. After the rain switched to a downpour, we ran to the Hall.|
|The Moon Gate in the garden at Leith Hall.|