One of the earliest stone circles in Britain, the Standing Stones of Stenness Orkney are a major attraction in Scotland. Towering up to 5.7 meters, the 4 remaining Stones transport you back in time. It is not difficult to imagine how significant the site must have been 5000 years ago.
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Standing Stones of Stenness Orkney
With the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Maeshowe, the Standing Stones of Stenness are part of a Unesco Heritage site called the Heart of neolithic Orkney. (as you can see, there are many things to do in Orkney 🙂 )
The Stenness Watch Stone
Before sharing pictures of the Standing Stones of Stenness, if you are driving from the Ring of Brodgar, you will see a single stone standing near the bridge. This is the Watch stone.
The Stenness Watchstone if 5.6m tall (18ft). Digging indicates that a second one use to be there.
The Standing Stones of Stenness Location
Located between Loch Stenness and Loch Harry, the sight of the Standing Stones of Stenness is quite different from the Ring of Brodgar.
The area is quite fast and only 4 tall stones are still standing.
You can see them from far away which makes them very impressive.
The Standing Stones of Stenness Facts
This is one of the earliest stone circles in Britain. The stones were raised about 5000 years ago (3100 BC). Originally the circle consisted of 11 or 12 stones surrounded by a wide ditch and crossed by a single causeway.
They were laid out in an ellipse.
As you can see on the pictures the stones have sharp angles at the top.
The tallest stone reaches 5.7 meters in height (19ft).
Photos of the Standing Stones of Stenness Orkney
I must admit that even though there are only few of them and not a circle like the Ring of Brodgar, I was more fascinated by the Stones of Stenness. It is mostly due to their shapes, thickness and size. It is very impressive to get close to them.
There is no fence keeping the sheep so you can sometimes see them walking around. They had just left when I arrived. So I missed the shot...
But look at the size of the people next to them!
More Standing Stones of Stenness Pictures
And just for the pleasure, here a a few more pictures where I tried playing with the sun.
This location, along with many other beautiful places, is included in my eBook: The Road Trip Guide - Scotland.
It is a practical tool to plan your trip with maps, photos, planning tips, GPS coordinates...
The Standing Stones of Stenness Video
And let's finish with a shot video of the Standing Stones of Stenness Orkney. I wish you a great trip!
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