Dunino village in Fife has been a sacred ritual area for thousands of years.
The path to Dunino Den starts at the Parish church which itself was built on the site of a stone circle. Rocks from the destroyed circle were used in the building of the church and its surrounding walls. In the graveyard there is a 3 ft rectangular stone which has a 17th century sundial carved on its uppermost face. It has become local custom to place a coin on the sundial for luck, and at any given time the upper face is completely covered in weathered coinage.
Follow the path down the side of the church and you will discover a raised rock promontory jutting out over the Kinaldy Burn in the manner of a pulpit. Carved into the solid rock of this natural platform is a circular well which, folklore has it, was used by the Druids to conduct rituals involving human sacrifice. The well was a repository for the victim’s blood and the bodies were thrown to the burn below. Next to the hollowed basin there is also a footprint carved in the rock which hints at initiation into some kind of secret order or perhaps a sign of Kingship.
A series of steps cut from the rock descend through a gorge leading to the Den proper, a natural amphitheatre. On the rock face at the foot of the steps is a Celtic Knot carving. The centre of the Den is marked by a Clootie Tree where pilgrims and travellers have left various rags, candles, dreamcatchers, wind chimes etc as offerings to the spirit of the Den or to ask that a wish be granted. Moving to the far side of the Den, one will find a 10ft Celtic cross carving on the cliff wall and near to that, a Celtic trinity symbol.
a bit o info i discovered aboot a pictish site i discovered while walkin the dugs years ago an went back for a visit this summer..its agreat place an there was some standin stones there as weel but unfortunatly as was so often the case in times when christianity was bein punted aroond scotland there were churches built oan the pagan sites an the auld ways were destroyed forever ..whit a shame…i applied some soft focus tae give it an atmosphere jist in case ye thought i hud made an arse o it