A strange rock formation pokes skyward within a Scottish park. It looks like some sort of massive mushroom that has been magically turned into stone.
The stone’s appearance as a strangely balancing rock has led to intriguing theories about its origins. Legends claim the rock served as a Pictish king’s tombstone or a Druid altar. However, the rock’s warped look is actually just the result of natural erosion.
Beneath the Bunnet Stane, carved into the rock, is a human-made cave known as the Maiden’s Bower. It supposedly takes its name from a romantic story in which a young woman, after seeing her lover ambushed and killed near the rock, chose to live there for the rest of her life. However, more likely explanations are that the cave was the first excavation (the “maiden bore”) of a 19th-century geological survey, or that it was created as a bothy for shepherds.
Know Before You Go
There is a small carpark on the road to the north of the stone. From there, follow the path along the edge of the fields towards the stone. It can be muddy, so wear appropriate boots.