Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness

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Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Mysterious Site
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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  • Another ancient site visited on my trip to Orkney. So often depicted in tourist info...but far more impressive in reality. The stones are enormous! Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • A very accessible small set of standing stones. You park a few steps away. The stones are impressive and you feel connected to the history they represent because you can get up close.  more »
  • This may be the oldest hedge site in the British Isles. Although the site today lacks the encircling ditch and bank, excavation has shown that this used to be a hedge monument. The drive to this location is breathtaking and arriving at the site you will see the 18th century engraving of the Odin Stone, the site associated with traditions and rituals, by then relating to Norse Gods. This Heart if Neolithic Orkney was inscribed as a World Heritage site in December 1999.
  • The history is very interesting. Could even see the drill holes in the stones where the landowner was going to blow them up to stop people going there for marriage ceremonies and health cures.

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