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. 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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  • Impressive but not quite the visual spectacle of the Ring of Brodgar. There is a nice loch side walk further along the path.  more »
  • Just a short walk, along clear cut paths from Ring of Brodgar, find the amazing huge stones aligned with Brodgar. Read the info boards explaining their position. Look out over the lovely Harray...  more »
  • Although it can be viewed by slowly passing on the road, it is worth stopping and walking around and seeing up close, if you have the time. Visited September 2018.  more »
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  • This may be the oldest hedge site in the British Isles. Although the site today lacks the encircling ditch and bank, excavation has shown that this used to be a hedge monument. The drive to this location is breathtaking and arriving at the site you will see the 18th century engraving of the Odin Stone, the site associated with traditions and rituals, by then relating to Norse Gods. This Heart if Neolithic Orkney was inscribed as a World Heritage site in December 1999.
  • The history is very interesting. Could even see the drill holes in the stones where the landowner was going to blow them up to stop people going there for marriage ceremonies and health cures.
  • A good stop of close to the Ring of Brodgar, extremely large stones although many of the originals have been lost - or taken at some time for other uses. Enigmatic, these monuments are from a period before writing so all we have is conjecture and the certainty that they were really important when they were built.
  • Great place! You can walk around as you want. You can touch the stones. You can feel the magic :-)
  • Ring of standing stones at Stenness. Although only about 5 remain standing, good sense of the size and position of the circle and its proximity to Barnhouse neolithic village, a short walk away. Free, good parking, no facilities

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