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Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness
Categories: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Tourist Spots
A contender for oldest henge site in the British Isles, Standing Stones of Stenness boasts a mysterious history that stretches back 5,400 years. Today, the Neolithic monument consists of four large standing slabs, although excavation work has revealed that there were once many more, encircled by a ditch and a bank. Experts suggest that the site was used for ceremonies celebrating the link between present and past communities. The stones were used in important rituals as late as the 18th century, although by that point the ceremonies would have related to Norse gods. Roam among the remains of this ancient construction and read the information board for in-depth information about their context and significance. Using our custom trip planner, Stenness attractions like Standing Stones of Stenness can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Along with the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Sternness are at the top of what I would advise visitors to Scotland to see. Yes, I do mean to Scotland, not simply to Orkney. They cannot help but to imp... read more »
Not as large a circle as the nearby Ring of Brodegar, the Stones of Stenness and still well worth a visit. The sheer size of the actual stones and the depth of the ditch are most impressive. The nearb... read more »
Tying our experience together are the 3 places above, expertly led by Kinlay @ Orkney Uncovered. The history, is mind blowing. Older than Stonehenge, and in most cases undisturbed by Victorian man....... read more »
If you are interested in Neolithic sites, you must go to the Orkney Islands! Amazing place!! So much to learn and so beautifully presented by Historic Scotland. On a visit to the Standing Stones and Barnhouse village we had Elaine Clarke as a guide. She was so informative that she made the place come alive for us. Just telling us to "forget the road and think of coming overland" made a world of difference when we visited other sites. Thank you Elaine for being a story teller as well as a guide.
The whole island of Orkney is beautiful and serene. these 5000 year old stones are no exception
Random ancient stone monuments dot the landscape. Intriguing.
Stunning stone circle set in an incredible landscape.
Beautiful and thought provoking. Not quite as lovely as the ring of brodgar but worth seeing.
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