Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness

#6 of 10 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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  • Fewer stones but older than the Ring of Brodgar. This was not a guided tour but I do recommend a visit. A few yards further on is the Barnhouse settlement which should also be included with this visit  more »
  • Interesting stones not sure we will ever discover all the answers regarding why when and by who. Free parking and entry.  more »
  • Saw this as part of an Orkney day tour. It was really cool. Impressive. I'm not sure why, but I prefered these over the Ring of Brodgar, but they're literally about half a mile apart, so may as well s...  more »
  • Worth a visit. There's no excuse as it's right beside the road with a car park and there's no entrance fee. If you stand in the middle you get a weird echo effect if you talk which was interesting.
  • Interesting site to visit. The large stones are impressive & stand dauntingly over the countryside. However, if you can only visit the one set of stones while in the Orkney's, I'd travel the 500m up the road & visit the Ring of Brodgar instead
  • A great wee stopping point on the way through to the more impressive Ring of Brodgar (and consequently usually less flooded with tourists!). The standing stones are hugely impressive and worth the minor detour.
  • Just 3 tall stones, one small one and a curious gateway arrangement of 3 more but their presence is commanding. Older than Stonehenge, this circle links up with the Ring of Brodgar and though many of its stones have now gone there is still the unmistakable vibe of something that was once very powerful.
  • If you're into orkney, the history and adventure that go with it then this is a great stop. My children loved it too.

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