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Ring of Brodgar

Address: Stromness, Scotland
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Stromness
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: This is the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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 is 15 feet in height.
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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We loved the ring, we had it to ourselves, as we were leaving a tour bus was just coming up. Excellent graffiti when you can find it, lightning bolts, heather, mystical and magical.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The location is impressive, the ring is mostly complete and you can touch the stones. It's not only older than Stonehenge, it's more fun to visit. One of the neat bits is that it's small enough that you can see how a small community could create it by hand and yet large enough that you know it had to have... More 

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Lismore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

How the builders of this site managed to raise these stones and put them into location is a source of mystery. As is the why they are there. I spent a long time just walking around this area and was awed and humbled by the sheer size and beauty of the stone.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Ring of Brodgar is a photographer's dream. Didn't hurt that the sky was wild and the shafts of sunlight just hit the stones just right. Amazing. Preferred this to Stonehenge.

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A must on anyone's to do list when visiting Orkney. It's easy in the modern age to take for granted construction methods, but given the dating of these stones it beggars belief how they managed to construct the stone circle.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We visited on a clear windy day when the purple heather was in full bloom. It was interesting to learn that the deep trench around the outside of the circle was likely as significant as the raised stones themselves. A lonely beautiful site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Stones not as tall, but there were originally more than 60, and it is about 3000 years older... makes you wonder what was so great about a small group of islands, miles off the north coast of Scotland. Then you get a glimpse.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

As far as stone circles go, it was very impressive. We were there on a grey, wet day. The weather only added to the beauty.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

In many ways, this is Orkeny's answer to Stonehenge. The size of this ring is however a lot bigger than Stonehenge and the setting is more amazing. It will not take a long time to visit the place so a short stop just to walk a full circle and breath in the mystic atmosphere is highly recommended. Wear decent shoes... More 

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

On a gorgeous day on the island of Orkney, we visited this remarkable set of neolithic stones. Magical to roam and touch.

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