The stories in the stones at Aberlemno

One of the Pictish stones in Aberlemno

One of the Pictish stones in Aberlemno

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An exciting new project aimed at delving into the past has been launched at Aberlemno.

The ‘Stories in the Stones’ project will kick off in the village on August 17 with organisers hoping that the events on the day will be a prelude for many to follow.

Secretary of Aberlemno Village Hall committee, Isabelle Davies, said that in the new venture they were looking to explore the past as seen today.

“In the new venture the committee is looking to promote the village’s magnificent carved symbol stones and to explore our past as seen around us today,” said Isabelle.

She hoped the event on August 17 would be a trial run and that they could expand the idea to a number of events with slightly different themes.

“This could include an activities based event looking at how peoople lived and on daily life for example,” she added.

“With the expert knoweledge of local historian, Norman Atkinson to support our efforts three themed walks have been devised for our first event. These will be led by Norman and enthusiastic locals to help explore the Stories in the Stones, focusing on the Pictish symbol stones and Aberlemno churchyard.”

She said for the adventurous there were walks across the open hill to see the landscape which surrounds the stones and a visit to Finavon Hill Fort. Two shorter walks will concentrate on the village taking in the stones and the churchyard.

“A number of Pictish themed crafts and displays are on offer with a barbecue available from lunchtime”

Isabelle said the day begins at 10.30am with the walks taking place from 11.45am and would be repeated in the afternoon beginning at 1.45pm.

For more information see the local website www.aberlemno.org.