Skövde’s only runestone can be found just outside Tidan, at Vallby Sörgården Cultural Reserve. It probably dates back to the Viking period, and is located in an area that also features several other interesting ancient remains.
Part of an ancient landscape
The stone is almost two metres tall, and reads: “Grim had this stone carved in memory of his kinsman Haldan”. It is located along an easily walkable cultural trail that starts at Vallby Sörgården, leading through the ancient cultural landscape. Next to it is the Jämmerkullen burial field, which consists of 15 mounds, 50 round stone settings, a stone circle and what may be two ship tumuli, which are 10-14 metres long.
The trail is signed and starts at the car park at Vallby Sörgården. A free information leaflet is also available here to guide walkers along the trail. Take a walk back through history!
Photographer: Mårten Bergkvist/Next Skövde
A magical place
According to legend, the runestone is not only a historical monument, but also a magical place. On Sundays, when the church bells ring, it is said to turn three revolutions!
Vallby runestone is on Skaraborg Culture Route.