Standing Stones, Orkney

On this Summer Solstice I thought I would do a post about the Neolithic stones we recently visited on Orkney.

The Standing Stones of Stenness are well worth going to see although it can get a bit busy. We were lucky, there weren’t too many people around and we did get them to ourselves for a wee while. You can see the Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe from this location, and when you go for a walk around you are literally tripping over settlements which haven’t been excavated yet, there are just too many of them around and presumably not enough resources to start digs.

Stones of Stenness Information Board

This area was well populated 5,000 years BC, in fact Orkney was the centre of the Neolithic world apparently! Unfortunately I didn’t notice the electricity pylon sticking above one of the stones in the photo below.

Standing Stones on Orkney

It’s a great location near the banks of the sea loch the Loch of Stenness and the freshwater Loch of Harray.
Stones of Stenness

Just to give you an idea of how big the stones are, below is a photo of me beside one, somewhat windswept!
Stone of Stenness and me

5 thoughts on “Standing Stones, Orkney

  1. Those standing stones are fascinating – and immense!
    I’m just watching the setting sun as I type, tomorrow will be a few seconds longer here, hurrah!

    • Valerie,
      It never gets very dark in Orkney in the summer and is broad daylight again by 2 am. The downside of the longest day is – it starts getting a wee bit darker sooner every day so I’m now looking forward to the winter solstice – crazy I know!

  2. How absolutely fascinating! I thoroughly enjoy reading about the “ancient” or “prehistoric” or whatever descriptor is in vogue for the ancient peoples whose culture valued these stones. I so enjoy reading about this time period and about other ancient cultures residing in the British Isles, especially in Scotland. Imagining you and Jack, it’s not a stretch to imagine that you were somewhat awe-struck from having some moments to yourselves in the company of these incredible relics.

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