Standing Stones of Stenness

Standing Stones of Stenness

Standing Stones of Stenness
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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These mysterious standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge, date from 2000 BC.
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  • CraigF84
    Mukilteo, Washington375 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views
    Wonderful experience and location. The remaining standing stones are impressive. There was, at least on the day we were there, not huge crowds so you can walk around and get pictures quite easily. There is some parking if you drive. If you want to get here by bus, you just need to tell the driver and he will drop you off about 5 minutes walk down the road.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Patric D
    Sandbach, United Kingdom969 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospeheric
    From Kirkwall this is the first set of standing you come to on the way to Brodgar. It feels like a remote site, and although only a few stones remain standing, there is a great atmosphere to the site. We were on an organised trip so had the benfit of a very interesting guide. That really brought the place alive. Paking is free, but there is a small entrance fee, although you could see the site from the car park if you didn't want to get up close
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • epemberton
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom386 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    Definitely worth a stop off. Free parking just outside the field and stones easily accessible - make sure to read the information boards which are very interesting. The stones themselves are awesome and very impressive. Timed it just right, arriving as one coach departed and leaving as the next arrived, it does get busy! Dogs welcome but need to be kept on leads as there are sheep grazing around the stones.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • YHZGlobetrotter
    Waverley, Canada767 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Another “pinch me” time for me. Just amazing! Older than the Ring of Brodgar, sadly only a few stones still remain but I found it to be fascinating. Rich in historical traditions and rituals, I must admit I had an “Outlander” moment leaning in, standing by one of the stones. The stories they could tell! September is the perfect time to visit as the crowds are gone. A magical place on a windy, blustery afternoon.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Neen Jackson
    Sydney, Australia33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Environment Scotland ranger talks are excellent!
    We joined one of the free daily tours run by the Historic Environment Scotland Rangers. Our ranger (Eileen) was fantastic, sharing so much history about the stones and the Neolthic settlement of the nearby Barnhouse. Strongly recommend I learnt so much!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 4, 2024
  • ThreeStarDave
    91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shadows of past grandeur
    A lovely, if limited, set of large standing stones in the heart of Neolithic Orkney. Only a handful of stones still remain (thanks to both time and a cranky farmer), but the close-cropped grass in the circle gives a sense of how this formation might have looked in the day. Limited but free parking, easy access, very short walk, no charge. Definitely worth a stretch of the legs as you view the other ancient sites in this area.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
  • Paul B
    Chirnside Park, Australia910 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Older than the Ring of Brodgar
    Another great free place to see in Orkney. Either get the free 10 am tour, but might be busy with bus tours, or go I the early evening in summer as it is still light, and often less busy. Just am amazing place to relax in.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2024
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Canucksontheloose
Victoria, Canada738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Though only some stones remaining tall from originally 12 standing, they are towering, lean structures that cut the sky when you look up. A photographer's dream at different times of the day/night with the huge sky and watery backdrop. Easy to see from the road, there is a free parking lot very nearby and free entry. Summer crowds and tour buses cleared out by 4:30 pm and we had the place to ourselves! Wheelchair We walked to Ring of Brogdar and Ness of Brogdar. Wish we had come for the free tour in the morning but information signs were good. Glad we could walk through and touch them, unlike Stonehenge. Cute sheep nearby to Stones! Worth the stop if you have the time.
Written October 21, 2022
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CarterFamily5
Doncaster, UK428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very impressive Stones. Easy parking & access. Free to enter. When we visited there was a mini bus tour of adults who were climbing on the stones and had no respect for the site or other visitors. There was a guide present, but they did not intervene which I found to be disturbing considering the age of the stones and the fact that damage could easily have been caused. I'm sure Scottish heritage wouldn't have been impressed.
Written September 3, 2021
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empathology
Rotterdam, The Netherlands541 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
One of many neolithic sites in Orkney, this isn't quite the Ring of Brodgar (further down the road) but worth a brief stop none the less. The stones stand in a circle in well-manicured grass (thanks to the grazing sheep!) giving a slightly manufactured look to the site.
Parking (free) is very limited.
Written August 27, 2023
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John E
Ballwin, MO1,394 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
My personal experience was totally underwhelming at the time we visited as part of a Viking Cruises excursion group. At the time I wondered if the site simply was inherently not that interesting because our guide didn't explain anything really to generate much interest on my part, and these are the kinds of things that do interest me. Having researched the place since and read other reviews, my conclusion is that the site could be really interesting if you either know a lot before you go or go with a really good, enthusiastic knowledgeable guide. This is simply not a place that on its own makes that much of an impression, at least to me because it is simply 4 really old standing stones. It is only the history and relationship to other sites such as the nearby Ring of Brodgar which make it significant and interesting to visit. In the past, nearly every Viking tour guide was good enough that one could enjoy a site without knowing much in advance. Unfortunately we did not have such a guide for the visit to this site and what I am saying is I think a good guide is essential to making a visit here interesting and worthwhile.
Written August 20, 2023
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK969 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
From Kirkwall this is the first set of standing you come to on the way to Brodgar.
It feels like a remote site, and although only a few stones remain standing, there is a great atmosphere to the site.
We were on an organised trip so had the benfit of a very interesting guide.
That really brought the place alive.
Paking is free, but there is a small entrance fee, although you could see the site from the car park if you didn't want to get up close
Written August 24, 2023
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
If you walk half way around to the little mound you will be able to the Ring of stones. They think this ring represented life. This ring was probably built about 5000 years ago by the Neolithic people.
Written May 13, 2022
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mjm2107
Glasgow, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
We visited the Standing Stones of Stenness while holidaying on Orkney.

The stones were erected around 5000 years ago, and pre-date the more famous Stonehenge.

Well worth a visit if you are interested in the history of Orkney
Written June 27, 2021
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Tyke1961
North Wales334 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We visited Orkney - finally, after two annual Covid postponements - principally for the neolithic sites. Sternness was the first one we came to, and it was fabulous. We visited twice, once early in the morning and once towards dusk. Both times we had the site to ourselves, and with the light just picking out the Ring of Brodgar in the distance and the air full of the smell of the sea it was beautifully atmospheric.
Written May 28, 2022
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
The stones of stenness would have been quite impressive if we had got to see them without the hoards of cruise passengers pushing into this tiny little field and the 'guard sheep' where scared of them too.
There's not many stones left standing and it is difficult to get a decent photo, If you are planning on visiting, go early or later and check if there's any cruise ships docked.
You can get a free tour every Wednesday with no need to book.
Written June 4, 2022
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CraigF84
Mukilteo, WA375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Wonderful experience and location. The remaining standing stones are impressive. There was, at least on the day we were there, not huge crowds so you can walk around and get pictures quite easily. There is some parking if you drive. If you want to get here by bus, you just need to tell the driver and he will drop you off about 5 minutes walk down the road.
Written July 25, 2023
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