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Ring of Brodgar

Scotland
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Mysterious Sites
Activities: Walking
Owner description: This is the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland, which is more than 340 feet in diameter consisting of 25 stones, the largest of which... more » Owner description: This is the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland, which is more than 340 feet in diameter consisting of 25 stones, the largest of which is 15 feet in height. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We attended the free tour led by the local ranger (Keith Brown). Our B&B had a posting about it. Keith was humorous and informative. He covered the local flora (and little fauna) on way up to the circle. We learned that the stone age residents were sophisticated people that raised cattle, moved up and down the coast transporting them, some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Intriguing Stones in a row. Amazing how they are just standing there for ages. Beautiful to take pictures with sun set. very windy spot too. Must see and feel it there.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

WOW - that's the first thing that comes to mind. While the stones in this ring are not as massive as those at Stonehenge, it is no less impressive. The setting is mystical. Worth the visit.

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traveling cat
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Quite a good ring and right on the road so it's quite visible from a distance - on a good day, and you can walk in among the stones. very large too. a good place.

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South West Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you like prehistory then this is definitely worth a visit. The views from the Ring of Brodgar are worth the trip all by themselves but then there is something truly atmospheric about standing inside this ancient Stone Circle.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This ring, while smaller in diameter and the stones are not as large as Stonehenge, it is far more accessible as you can walk amongst the stones and really get a closeup feeling for the sight. Another one off our Bucket List!

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Lovely to be able to get near these stones (unlike stonehenge!). Good parking, good views and lovely colours. Doesn't need a long visit though.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is another of the major ancient sites on Orkney, not to be missed. It leaves you wondering just what was going on all those years ago, how the stones came to be erected and just how they have managed to survive since without being demolished or removed over the years. It is a major visitor attraction for the bus... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The Ring is in a high point in the landscape and gives the visitor a sense of how the Neolithic people would have revered the Ring. The heather is in full bloom giving the Ring a purplish hue.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This ancient collection of erect stones lies in an open field. Why and how the huge pieces of granite got there is a mystery. No remnant of information remains about the origin. A neolithic marvel.

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