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Standing Stones of Stenness

Scotland
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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I've visited twice. Once when it was raining and totally free of visitors, and once in the sun with two coachloads of Italians as far as the eye could see. It's very photogrpahic if you can get it on your own (and hide the telegraph poles behind the stones), but if it's busy it's a bit small to cope. The... More

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

The standing stones are very impressive and make for a great photo opportunity. Just a short walk across the field you come to the Barnhouse, a stone-age village whose base stones give a clear indication of the nature of the settlement. As usual for the Orkneys, very clear information is given on the interpretation boards. Don't miss the third of... More

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

The Standing Stones of Stenness are an amazing collection of ancient stones erected by humans that date back earlier than Stonehenge. No one has figured out just how these early people got the stones to the site and erected them, nor the true purpose. If you are in the area, stop by for a look.

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Interesting site within viewing distance of the other key sites in the area. Parking is easy and could walk from here to the ness of Brodgar.

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Only a short drive from the main town of Kirkwall (11 miles/20 minutes), it's well worth a visit to wonder how this Neolithic henge was constructed and what it was really used for. There are useful information hoardings at the entrance, which is free and unfettered. It's worth combing a visit here with one to the Ring of Brodgar, which... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Definitely recommend a visit. Unlike other sites, there are no fences so you can touch and interact with the stones as much as you want. We went as the sun was setting and the moon was rising and there is no better time. There was even a couple sitting against a stone watching the sunset with a bottle of wine.... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Standing Stones are amazing. You can walk between the stones, it is open access site. Short walk beyond the circle is Barnhouse village - worth seeing it.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Great open access site. Kids can run un-hindered. Good little set of village ruins just a short walk beyond the circle. Try to time your visit to avoid the coach parties.

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Standing Stones are well worth a look. We had a good walk round and really enjoyed the experience. Timeless stones with a history. With the sun going down behind them it was amazing.

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We took the 10am walk round the a Stones of Stenness. This, and the Barnhouse a Village formed a living community 3000 years BC. This would have put them 500 years before the flood! Let's say they came here pretty well straight from the ark. It would have been very equable on Orkney - plenty of fish, animals thrived, good... More

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