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Standing Stones of Stenness

Stenness, Scotland
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5-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh...
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Stenness
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: These mysterious standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge...
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Type: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: These mysterious standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge, date from 2000 BC.
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Been here numerous times but on a proper tour this time so found out a few interesting facts that I wasn't aware of - if you stand in a certain place and speak your voice echoes! You can imagine that if there were the original number of stones this would work even better....

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Sour Lake, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

What a glorious day in Orkney. Earlier in our trip we had been to Stonehenge, which was great. On the wonderful island of Orkney, you can roam among these even older stones erected around 5,400 years ago. No charge to see and touch these ancient stones of historic Scotland. Amazing. Highly recommend.

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Seabeck, Washington, United States
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Don't miss these stones-they are huge and just off the side of the road. We were there on a quiet day, just a few other folks, and a little misty. Such an amazing group, and not roped off or hard to find.

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Orkney
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is an ancient stone circle. The stones are really large... reaching up to 14 feet in height! Nobody is sure how the ancient people of Orkney found the stone, nor is anybody sure how they managed to erect such massive monoliths (which have about as much stone underground as over it in order to keep the huge stones upright).... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We were here on the evening of the autumn equinox with a lovely sunset and a very light drizzle. Magical.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I always used to pass by the standing stones on the way to the magnificent ring of Brodgar, but on our last visit I decided to watch a fabulous sunset from just behind the stones. The result is some of the best photographs I have ever taken. The stones are few but they are massive and effortlessly sum up how... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

More evidence of prehistoric skills and art, and of human determination to erect lasting monuments - which, incidentally, were enabled because of the fertility and wealth of the land and sea, such that people only needed to work for a few days each week (as evidenced by the midden contents at Skara Brea).

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traveling cat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There isn't really too much to these stones but it is still quite nice to walk about them and the signage is quite good

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is quite a site. Built around 3000 years BC. Interesting history regarding the ceremonial aspects. Good views all around of the lakes.

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London, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I had heard of Stonehenge, but Stenness was crafted 4500 years ago versus Stonehenge's 3500 years ago. Both are marvels of ancient man and what he learned about the moon, sun and rotation of the earth for the purpose of ??? that is the ongoing mystery. But, the hugh stones sticking out the ground at precise winter solstice dimensions are... More 

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