The Ring of Brodgar Orkney is one of the many iconic sites to visit on the Northern island. This Neolithic stone circle is locate on small band of land between Loch Sternness and Loch Harray. It is part of a central area designated a Unesco World Heritage site which also includes the Standing Stones of Stenness.
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The Ring of Brodgar Orkney Video
Let's start with a short video to give you an idea of what the site looks like before giving you more information about visiting the site and sharing many pictures:
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - The Ring of Brodgar
The Ring of Brodgar is one of the largest Neolithic henges (circular enclosures) in Britain (the most famous being Stonehenge).
Archeologists do not know exactly how old Brodgar. They think it probably dates to the late Neolithic period - between 4000 and 4500 years ago.
The Ring of Brodgar is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney with the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Skara Brae neolithic settlement and Maeshowe. This site has Unesco World Heritage status. Those sites is the reason why Mainland Orkney is one of the most famous Scottish Islands.
The Ring of Brodgar is one of the Top things to do in Orkney Scotland
The Site today
A path has been set up for easy access to the stones. Only 36 are still standing. Barriers are set up around some of the stones to prevent degradation with all the people walking on the mound.
Ring of Brodgar facts
The Ring of Brodgar in Numbers
- Perfect circle: 104meters in diameter
- Surrounded by a 10m wide ditch
- May originally have been a circle of 60 stones
- 36 stones are still in the circle today (13 were re-erected after the Stone Ring came into State care in 1906)
- Believed to have been set up 4000 and 4500 years ago
What was the ring of Brodgar used for?
It is thought that the Ring was used as a meeting place for ceremonies possibly involving feasting and commemorating the dead. It sits in a natural amphitheater surrounded by hills and flanked on either side by Lochs Harray and Stenness making it a very public location. However, the center of the henge itself may have been an especially sacred place, with access limited only to certain people
The Ring of Brodgar location
It is easy to understand why all those sites were built in that area. with the small hills making an amphitheater and the isthmus between the waters of 2 lochs, there is something magical about the location.
Ring of Brodgar - The Stone Circle
Before showing you more detailed photos of the stones, below are pictures of the Ring of Brodgar showing you the circle shape, the alignment of stones.
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The Standing Stones of the Ring of Brodgar
Let's have a closer look at the standing stones that make the Ring of Brodgar Orkney:
This stone was struck by lightning on the 5th June 1980 causing it to shatter. Such events mays also have occurred in earlier times and might account for the damage state of several other stones in the Ring of Brodgar:
Ring of Brodgar Pictures
And just a couple of more pictures where I played with the light to show to magical energy of the site:
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