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Standing Stones of StennessFast Facts
- Location: South west of Loch o'Stenness in Orkney
- Attraction type: Historical place
- Significance: Monolithic rocks survived for the last 5000 years
- Best Time to Visit: All through the year
- Visiting Hours: Daytime
- How to Reach: By ferry or chartered boat from Kirkwall, Tingwall, Houton and Stromness; alternatively taxis or rented cars might be used
- Nearest International Airport: Palermo International Airport
These twelve stones were arranged in the form of an ellipse, surrounded by an earth bank of approximate diameter of 44 meters. A ditch of depth 2 meters and width 7 meters was cut along the earth embankment. At the center of this stone ring lies a stone hearth built of four large slabs. Near the hearth two angular slabs with a prone stone completes the arrangement. Animal bones from this ditch and cremated human bone pieces, pottery and charcoal from the circle platform have been excavated. The four megaliths are about one foot thick and about 16 feet in height.
New Year picnics are common in this site. Often referred to as 'temple of the moon', this place is still frequented by lovers and couples for pledging themselves. The Standing Stones of Stenness are best viewed during sunrise and sundown.
Accommodation and Dining
While visiting Standing Stones of Stenness you could accommodate yourself into the hotels of Orkney. Houton Bay Lodge, Lynnfield Hotel, Orkney Hotel, Woodwick Hotel and Ayre Hotel are some of the notable places to put up.
Related Links :
http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/standingstones/altar.htm: For a nice historical account of the Standing Stones of Stenness, click on this link!