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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  • Not as extensive as Brodgar, but interesting nonetheless. Like all outdoor attractions in Scotland, appropriate footwear is mandatory.  more »
  • As part of my Rabbies Tour, we visited this amazing site of standing stones. You can't fully appreciate it unless you are there, but it is an awesome site to see up close. You can go right up to the s...  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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