large, flat-topped stone, known as the Logan Stone, lies at the centre of
the circle is used as a platform from which the Archdruid conducts the
proceedings. Facing it, at the east cardinal point, is the Stone of the
Covenant, where the Herald Bard stands, and behind this are the Portal
Stones that are guarded by Eisteddfod officials. The portal stone to the
right of the entrance points to midsummer sunrise, while that to the left
indicates the midwinter sunrise.
1951 Stone Circle
Gorsedd Stones (Meiniír Orsedd), Ruthin
year the National Eisteddfod (Festival of Arts) is held at different towns
in Wales. In 1973 this national festival was held at Ruthin in North Wales
and the twelve stones, which form the circle, represent the twelve old
counties of Wales. The Logan Stone in the middle was for the Arch Druid to
proclaim his information about the festival, and it is here, within the
Gorsedd Circle, that the ceremonial dances were performed and where all
the new members of the Druid Circle are inaugurated.
1973 Stone Circle
This site can be viewed during the foot and mouth crisis but the gate leading to it is closed. However it is close to the fence and easily seen. The tallest stone is about 5 feet (1.5m) high and the circle is about 60 feet (20m) diameter. The circle is in the grounds of Ruthin Castle that dates to the 13th century and is now a hotel where you can get afternoon teas and watch the peacocks wandering around. From the small roundabout in the town centre take the turning left just after the Nat West bank and you will see the archway entrance to the castle a couple of hundred metres up the road where you can drive in and park near reception. The circle is up the steps from the carpark and a short walk over the grass.
This stone circle was
erected in 1963 for the Llandudno Eisteddfodon the grassy area beneath
Happy Valley. It is an attractive site with pleasant views of the bay. It
is a long climb from here up the Great Orme or you can drive. If you take
the Coastal Road there is a £2 toll charge.
1963 Stone Circle
View of the circle from near the cafe
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