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Standing Stones of Stenness

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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mysterious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: These mysterious standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge, date from 2000 BC.
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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291 reviews 291 reviews
149 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

This site has a quiet mysticism about it - When, When, What For ... Maybe one day we will have the answers. Not as large as the Ring of Brodgar that is just up the road, this site is still a must see, if you want to try to understand the history of the area.

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Paisley, Scotland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We visited the Stones and Barnhouse village with the Historic Scotland ranger's guided walk. I think his name was Keith and he was great. He is from "down south" but clearly loves Orkney and enjoys sharing the place he loves with others. Very well done - and it's free! Check the tourist office for times.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Stones of Stennes are simply fabulous - for me it is one of the most striking sites in the UK - the stones are like gigantic sword blades thrust in to the ground to rust and decay; so massive from one angle, so delicate from another. It's also easy to appreciate it within it's own landscape - and certainly... More

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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144 reviews 144 reviews
84 attraction reviews
315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Anywhere else this would have been a real star attraction, but in the Orkneys there are so many similar sites that this one becomes almost irrelevant and is reduced to a mere average rating. At first glance the site is less impressive than the other sites close by. But by taking the larger view and trying to understand the site's... More

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Well worth a visit to appreciate the Neolithic history of Orkney. Most has already been said in reviews but I would suggest an early or late daytime visit as it was almost impossible to take decent photos with so many people standing around. Across the road there is a small bay and we glanced across to see seals, herons and... More

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Tregaron, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Rantin Rover again has written a review I wish I had. We went to the Stones in the morning after our visits to Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. All these sites are close together and we had driven across the Ness to reach the place where we were staying the first day we were in Orkney. We decided... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We so enjoyed our visit to this Neolithic site, and the grounds and stones were meticulously cared for. It was an almost spiritual experience to be amidst these stones and think of the people who placed them there, wondering how they could have managed such a feat with the tools available to them. Well worth spending an hour or two... More

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

These are the partial remains of a Neolithic stone circle which apparently originally consisted of 12 standing stones on this site. Only four now remain together with a “dolmen” or “cove” (small grouping of stones) within the circle. It is estimated that the stones have been here from around 5000 years ago which makes the site older than the Ring... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I actually prefer the Stones of Stenness to the Ring of Brodgar. I'm not sure if it's because there was more sunshine while I was there, because it was the 1st place I reached or something else but I thought it was awesome. The stones are MASSIVE and really atmospheric. From the Stones it's not far to walk to the... More

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Weston, Fl
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107 reviews 107 reviews
44 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

No visit to Mainland could be considered complete without a stop at the Standing Stones Of Stenness, although one comes away with more questions than answers, How did they do it? Why did they do it? I came away grateful that they had done it and that I was able to enjoy my visit and be humbled by what my... More

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