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The Stones Room

Due to its remote, somewhat isolated location on the north-eastern tip of the Scottish mainland, cut off from the rest of the country by the mountainous Highlands, Caithness has long been a treasure trove for artefacts of Scotland’s former inhabitants. Some of the most magnificent of those artefacts can be found here. Great stones dating back as far as the 6th century, holding beautiful carvings such as Viking runes or symbols from the mysterious Picts. Impressing not just with their age, but also size and variety. The Ulbster Stone for example holds more carved Pictish symbols than there are on any other Pictish monument found to date. This offers fascinating glimpses into the life and culture of the Picts.