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Meigle Sculptured Stones

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Address: Dundee Road, Meigle PH12 8SB, Scotland
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The Picts in stone - Meigle Museum has an impressive collection of Pictish...

The Picts in stone - Meigle Museum has an impressive collection of Pictish carved sculpture, including cross slabs, recumbent gravestones, a hogback stone and rare architectural fragments. These demonstrate both the artistic vigour of Pictish society and the skill of its stonecarvers.The former schoolhouse housing the collection backs onto the graveyard where most of the stones were found. The present church at Meigle dates to around 1870, but there has probably been a church on this site for over a thousand years.

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Wonderful museum

Great docent, we had a wonderful tour and history lesson. Interesting burial stones and stones with messages in latin and picts, but actually meaningful and creative drawings... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 August 2016
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Palermo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Despite being a fairly small museum, it is well worth the visit. It gives a good explanation of the local history, and the Pictish stones are simply fascinating. My kids, who were relatively young at the time, were quite taken by the age of the stones and what they represented in terms of the people living in the area at... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Great docent, we had a wonderful tour and history lesson. Interesting burial stones and stones with messages in latin and picts, but actually meaningful and creative drawings. In the corner of the room was the stone for Queen Verona or Guinevere, the burial mound was in the church yard next door. Also there was an assortment of early headstones and... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

A small great museum housing about 15-20 sculpted stones. The fine lady there, Lisa, gave us a wonderful little tour and brought history to life. This is a definite stop for Pict history folks like us. You are also allowed to take pictures there. It was on our list but we would have never found it without our fine guide... More 

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South Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Tiny place but it had great pieces of Pictish carvings. I did have a hard time finding it. It's signposted on the road but finding a place to park and then walking to it, was difficult. I had to drive around 3 times before I finally found it. I loved that you could take as many pictures as you wanted... More 

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Angus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Brilliant little museum packed to the brim with amazing Pictish Stones. A must visit for anyone interested in the Picts and their carved stones.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

A small but intense museum near the back of the churchyard, containing about 20 sculptured stones. Well explained. Go there to see 8th century representations of animals, real and imaginary. Best picture: alarmed man being chased by a manticore. Aargh! Staffed by a delightful and welcoming person.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

This museum is small but absolutely worth a visit. We drove up just to visit it. A wonderful collection of Pictish stones. Really outstanding examples. I honestly don't know what else to say. You get to see carvings that were made in the 700's! 1,300 years ago, by a group of people who no longer exist. Seriously. Think about that.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Would highly recommend a visit to this out of the way small museum packed with ancient Pictish monuments. Museum staff very informative, and the guide book we bought was excellent. However only some of the stones had captions or labels, and I was left flicking through the book to find a commentary on them. It made the visit more hard... More 

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Penicuik, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is a collection of Pictish stones from 9th century. Boring? no way! Lisa is the custodian and she'll provide an interesting introduction to the Picts, the stones and what it all means. Great stuff.

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Mehrstetten, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

This little museum houses several delicate Pictish stones that could also be displayed in prestigious large museums. In Meigle, however, one can study and admire them without any glass barrier or the like. Really good explanations on Pictish history, also from the helpful stuff. Good books in the tiny shop.

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