Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness

#6 of 10 in Historic Sites in Mainland
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. Put Standing Stones of Stenness into our Stenness day trip planning website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Stenness.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Fewer stones but older than the Ring of Brodgar. This was not a guided tour but I do recommend a visit. A few yards further on is the Barnhouse settlement which should also be included with this visit  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Interesting stones not sure we will ever discover all the answers regarding why when and by who. Free parking and entry.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Saw this as part of an Orkney day tour. It was really cool. Impressive. I'm not sure why, but I prefered these over the Ring of Brodgar, but they're literally about half a mile apart, so may as well s...  more »
  • History. Atmosphere. Scenery. Peace.
  • Big stones, and they're standing
  • 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.
  • An impressive Neolithic henge site. The kids really enjoyed the wide expanse of lawn all around to run around and play on (as opposed to the area around the Ring of Brodgar, another one of the sites in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site), and as an added bonus, there was a group of sheep walking around to entertain them. They didn't want to leave and we had to promise them we'd come back some time during our stay in Orkney to get them to agree to go. It's worth going by to see it, not more than 20-30 min needed on location. No entry fee.
  • Really lovely ancient site in a good condition. There are less tourists and better light (when it is sunny) in the evening.

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