Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness

#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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  • So hard to wrap you mind around how long they have been standing in this spot! Definitely a must see. There is also a short trail that will take you to the ruins of a neolithic village by the water. A...  more »
  • It would be very easy for people to drive past these stones on the way to the ring of brodgar and skara brae. This would be a mistake as the standing stones form a crucial part of these Neolithic site...  more »
  • 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
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