Eagle Stone, Strathpeffer, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information the Pictish era ‘Eagle Stone’ at Strathpeffer, about 20 miles N.W. of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

The stone has been dated to the 7th century, a time when Pictish culture was robust.

The Picts were native people who occupied areas of modern-day Scotland until the country was unified under the Scots in the 9th century. It was the Picts who resisted Roman incursions and boundaries up until the Romans departed in the 5th century.

Little is known about the language and culture of the Picts, other than through references in Roman scripts and, importantly, through an extensive legacy of elaborately carved stones from around 125 sites in Scotland. The carvings represent a wide range of shapes including:

  • Biblical and Christian representations.
  • Abstract shapes.
  • Animals and objects from nature.
  • Everyday objects.
  • Mythical beasts.

The carvings on the stone illustrated are believed to represent a horseshoe (top) and eagle (bottom). However, other carvings include arches and this is what may be represented in the top half, especially as shoeing of horses only commenced in the 6th/7th centuries AD.

The stone is believed to have been relocated from further down the valley.

The site is easily accessible and well signposted.

Eagle Stone, Strathpeffer, Scotland

 

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