The Jesus Stone on the Dava moor.
The Dave Moor North of Grantown – On – Spey is a wild moor and one that many who travel to the Moray Coast know well. The road in winter can be pretty bleak as it winds its way over open moorland, peat hags and heather with great views of the Moray Coast to the South and the great Cairngorm Mountains.
Not far from Grantown as the moor opens out a white boulder stands out with the words Jesus Saves! This is what many locals call the Jesus Saves Stone of the Dava. I have been asked about its history by many people. There are many local legends about the stone but one of these concerns a retired Missionary from Africa who painted it at the turn of the last century as an expression of her faith. She lived locally though no name is given and would have walked to the stone on many occasions to paint and repaint these words.
On her death the Keeper of the stone was handed on and for over 100 years it has continued and the “ Keeper of the Stone” has quietly done their duty when the stone is amended in secrecy and with great care.
At times various slogans are written on it and a few days later it is back to it pristine state the mystery continues.