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Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness

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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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  • We were planning to see the Standing Stones and found out about a free ranger tour in the morning. We arrived in driving rain and ranger Elaine came just as it was the rain, but not the wind, abated. ...  more »
  • With the tallest standing stones in Orkney, this site has a history entirely different than the other stone circles nearby. The signage doesn't describe the significance of the site: if you can book P...  more »
  • take a bus or a car to access this site..just off the road this is a free site..to stand there and feel another time and an ancient one at that is an amazing feeling..I appreciated seeing this with a ...  more »
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  • 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 next to a great mistery of our civilization..in an amazing rural spot which was the very centre of a sacred area.
  • Looks bigger when Oliver shows in his show bit still stunning
  • One of the many fantastic and accessible historic sites of Orkney