Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness

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#6 of 14 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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  • This is easy to get to. The road goes very close, there is a free car park, and no charge to get in. Its just you and the stones. When we were there, there was almost no crowd.  more »
  • Smaller stones than Stonehenge, but a larger ring like Avebury.. Looks over a .loch in an area blessed with similar sites  more »
  • It makes no sense to visit the Ring of Brodgar and not come here if you have a car. While you can stay in the car and get a great view, it is always best to walk about and see the stones from difficul...  more »
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  • This is a must see when you visit Orkney. If possible go at a quiet time. Meaning very early or after 6pm. Or sunrise/sunset. Stay for a bit and think about the information you have was about this place before you arrived or at the information at the site. Also visit the ring of brodgar and the tall watchstone. Hopefully you have read about Orkney and all the new findings in books or online before our arrive. Then you get the real feel of this amazing area.
  • Lovely place to visit . Gorgeous view's a little piece of heaven
  • Amazing site. I loved every second of it!
  • I stayed right next door and had the best week of my life. Would highly recommend to take pictures when the sun is setting instead of during the day. Also, make sure to find the sheep that likes being pet. I missed out of petting it and am now highly disappointed.
  • Interesting place to visit. Magical.
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