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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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  • This stone circle is smaller and less frequented of the ring of Brodgar, but conveys the same emotion and feeling strength immanent. It's a shame they have remained a few stones, the result of the destruction carried out in the last century by farmers who wanted to have the fields free from these bulky boulders. To see.
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  • It had just stopped raining when we got to the Standing Stones of Stenness and the cloudy sky added to the already spectacular ambiance of the site. Seeing these stones, along with the other sites on ...  more »
  • 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...  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