The Lindores Stone

Ordnance Survey Map Reference NO260163

The stone's north face

Closer look

The stone's west face

General view

From the A913 Cupar to Newburgh road, headed west, just past the village is a little road to the left signposted 'Abdie Kirk'. Proceed along this and park at the side of the church (ample space). Then follow the track for about 300m up to Abdie Old Kirk. The stone stands in the morthouse just past the kirkyard entrance.

This stone has had a rather chequered history, having been used as a sundial and as part of a wall. A surveyor's bench-mark and the tracings of the sundial are overlaid on the Pictish symbols. However, still visible are: on the north face, a plain horizontally orientated triple disk and bar, above a crescent and V-rod. The V-rod's ends are curlicued, and that to the left represents an arrowflight whilst the right has the arrow point. The west face of the stone is a large rimmed mirror, unique in that it is the only known example not carved on the same face as the others in its set.

Although sadly defaced, this stone is worth making the effort to find it.

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