Story of the Battle Stone

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The story surrounding one of the most enigmatic events in Scottish history will be explored in a fascinating guided walk around Aberlemno.

Organised by the Aberlemno Village Hall committee to coincide with the 1330th anniversary of the Battle of Nechtansmere, or Dunnichen, the walk on Sunday, May 17, will be led by local historian Norman Atkinson.

It follows a successful series of walks held in the area last spring based around the village’s three other carved stones.

This time the focus will be the carved stone in Aberlemno Churchyard, which is reputed to portray the battle fought on May 20, 685 A.D. between King Bredei’s Pictish warriors and an invading force of Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith.

Shrouded in the mists of time, no evidence of its site has ever been confirmed. Developed by Mr Atkinson, this interpretation offers a chance to follow in the footsteps of these ancient kings, as he weaves myth into the area’s stones and hills and puts forward his own theories of where the battle took place.

The event will involve a walk of at least two hours and appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Numbers are limited for safety, to minimise impact on a fragile environment and to allow those attending the opportunity to hear and see. To find out more, or to register, visit www.aberlemno.org or call Paul on 01307 830308 or 07936047217.

Aberlemno Hall will be open from noon with examples of Pictish crafts and displays as well as a barbecue.