More Pict Stones and surprise Tree Avenues.
Our journey from Nairn to Aberdeen Airport allowed time for a stop at another carved Pict Stone. This was another sunny day and warmer, a pleasant 10C, 50F. Easy to find, this stone is the Picardy Stone, not far from Insch village, about 12 miles North of Inverurie and quite well signposted from Insch village. The Picts are a mystery and are mainly presented as a warrior race with painted faces and tattoos that lived in the forests and may have been hunter gatherers. The found items of their times seem to tell a different story. They tell of people of quite a sophisticated order who lived community lifestyles very similar to the monastic communities that thrived from the time of Columcille. It does seem that the Columcille template for monastic living, community farming, the monastic schools, and scribing industries was learned from the Picts It does seem that the Picts had two language forms that also appeared on papyrus and parchment as well as stone long before the Gaels applied the