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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  • Have written a review but meant to put in the lovely hotel we stayed in was North sands hotel Dunnet  more »
  • We didn’t spend much time here, but were happy it was part of our excursion. It would be good to have a guide with you to visit this location, so you get more information on the location. There are sh...  more »
  • Have been dated to 3100 BCE with the radiocarbon method and are thus 600-1100 years older than those of Stonehenge. The highest is 5.70 m high and only 30 cm thick. The stones in an ellipse were arranged. A connection with the winter solstice seems possible. The huge amount of three monoliths makes it an absolutely remarkable testimony of stone age.
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  • Interesting place to visit, very close to another archaeological site Ring of Brodgar. Despite there's just few stones left from the original monument, you can feel the special atmosphere of this site. Parking is possible just in front of the site gate but can be quite muddy.
  • Greetings Space Cadets, Even in daylight the place has something uncanny about it. The Standing Stones of Stenness, mouldering, scarred and grey with age, rising as they do from an unbroken bed of heather always have a weird mysterious appearance. Standing at a maximum height of six metres (around 19 feet), the sheer scale of the megaliths that make up the Stones o' Stenness, make the monument visible for miles around. This may be the oldest henge site in the British Isles. Various traditions associated with the stones survived into the modern era.
  • Great place to visit, stunning location. Variable weather adds to the experience!
  • Very accessible but mysterious. Shat were they for? Excellent explanatory material posted in site shows layout of all the sites in the area. Path to ancient village immediately adjacent. Watch out for the sheep droppings.
  • Very beautiful surrounds and striking scenery. Easily accessible with small carpark by the roadside. Can get quite busy which makes photography wirhout people quite difficult. Definity worth visiting. Unstan Cairn is visible if you have zoom on your camera.
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