We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Standing Stones of Stenness

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Stenness, Scotland
Website
Improve this listing
Description:

These mysterious standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge, date...

These mysterious standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge, date from 2000 BC.

read more
Book ahead on Viator
Recommended
More Info
$100*
and up
Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 177 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 97
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Again worth it

Not complete ring but its again worth it and taking pictures with it is beautiful in frame. .i spent some time and really liked it .

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alok K
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

177 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
48 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not complete ring but its again worth it and taking pictures with it is beautiful in frame. .i spent some time and really liked it .

Helpful?
Thank Alok K
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We visited the Standing Stones of Stenness after a day spent visiting Birsay, Skara Brae, and Maeshowe. The Standing Stones are visible from Maeshowe and show the relationship between these two neolithic sites. Although few in number, these were the tallest standing stones we saw on our visit to Scotland. The stones are accessible by a parking area and a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michael M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

For me the Standing Stones were perhaps the most dramatic of the many fabulous neolithic sites at Stenness. Although not so numerous as the nearby Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones are much larger. Don't neglect the extra one by the causeway. There is a good parking place a few yards away, but I'd recommend a bike ride around the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Andrew H
Greenwood, Indiana
Level Contributor
473 reviews
240 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The Standing Stones are right on the way to Skara Brae and are well worth a stop. Neolithic Man erected these stones for . . . . no one knows for sure - maybe worship, maybe defense. Some are gone (one of the largest was blown up by a farmer in 1814). The henge (ditch) around the ring is mostly... More 

Helpful?
Thank BoilerMakerBob
Bend, Oregon
Level Contributor
19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The number of stones at this site are far less than at Brodgar, but stop anyway because they have their own special appeal and energy. Make sure you take the time to walk the side path past the stones to the remnants of a neolithic house.

Helpful?
Thank Sara W
Newcastle
Level Contributor
64 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

No trip to Orkney would be complete without a walk around the standing stones. There's a panel at the entrance which gives the history (as best known) of the site.

Helpful?
Thank Chasyj
Reno, Nevada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

While a smaller site than some, between it and the Barn site near it, if you really want to get up close and personal, thus is it, you can really go hug some stones.

Helpful?
Thank Larry G
Durham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
145 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

These are some very impressive standing stones and well worth including on your tour of Orkney. They are located (very) close to a road so there is no long walk to reach them ... and there is no charge!

Helpful?
Thank A H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
133 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Even though it is on the way to the larger standing stones of Brodgar, this is still incredible and worth a stop. Sheep are often found in the area and some architectural features are found here that are not at other standing stones in the area.

Helpful?
Thank Claire M
Shreveport, Louisiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

very interesting a most see for anyone going to the Orkneys some of the oldest standing stones in the world

Helpful?
Thank Shelby G

Travelers who viewed Standing Stones of Stenness also viewed

Stromness, Mainland
Stromness, Mainland
 
Stromness, Mainland
Stromness, Mainland
 

Been to Standing Stones of Stenness? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Standing Stones of Stenness staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?