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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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  • Basically,there are four. They are huge. They are close to the Ring of Brodgar, but they are 500 years older. They are impressive. Why is there a hearth in the middle? What was it used for? Rituals? T...  more »
  • Worth a stop to contemplate the meeting of these stones. In particular it is useful to stop here as part of a stop to nearby stones and villages  more »
  • My wife and I visited the Standing Stones of Stenness recently, one cold foggy morning in early May! We were lucky as there were hardly any people there and we were able to see the stones at their ver...  more »
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  • History. Atmosphere. Scenery. Peace.
  • Big stones, and they're standing
  • 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 lovely ancient site in a good condition. There are less tourists and better light (when it is sunny) in the evening.

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