Holidays in Standing Stones of Stenness

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Standing Stones of Stenness which includes tranquil scenes, a monument and heritage elements

Gain insight into the rich Neolithic heritage of the Orkney Islands at this ancient monument, which consists of a circle of megaliths.

Discover ancient history at the Standing Stones of Stenness. This collection of monoliths forms one of the oldest henge sites in the British Isles and is an ideal starting point to explore the prehistoric legacy of the Orkney Islands. The stunning landscape and diverse wildlife provide additional appeal to this iconic Orcadian landmark.

The stones of Stenness were raised about 5,400 years ago in a henge formation, with a ditch forming an ellipse around the site. Like many similar stone circles in the U.K., the origin and exact purpose of the monument is shrouded in mystery, although most experts suggest it was likely used for religious observances or early astronomy.

Take a guided tour of the site, led by one of Historic Scotland's rangers. The tour leads visitors to Stenness and the neighboring Ring of Brodgar, as well as through the surrounding nature reserve. Watch for otters, hares and several different bird species which inhabit this area. The tours run every day in June, July and August in the early afternoon.

Look for the impressive Watchstone monolith, which stands separately from the ring. The 19-foot (5.6-meter) stone marks the entrance to the strip of land between two lochs, where the Ring of Brodgar sits. Visit this famous Neolithic henge, where 27 stones form a perfect circle.

Walk north of the stone circle to reach the Barnhouse Settlement, an archaeological excavation of a Neolithic village. Inspect the remains of 15 ancient buildings, the biggest of which is believed to have been a meeting room. Enjoy the wild, windswept landscape and admire views across Loch Stenness and out onto the hills of Hoy in the distance.

The stones at Stenness and Brodgar are part of the UNESCO-listed site, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, which also includes the excavated burial mound at Maeshowe and the prehistoric village of Skara Brae. For a more comprehensive understanding of Orkney’s Neolithic heritage, be sure to see all four monuments. The Standing Stones of Stenness are less than 10 minutes away from Stromness by car. Use the site’s available parking.

281 Cheap Hotels Near Standing Stones of Stenness

The Stromness Hotel by Paymán Club
The Stromness Hotel by Paymán Club
2 out of 5
The Pierhead, Stromness, Scotland
The price is AU$95 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Situated in Stromness, this hotel is steps away from Standing Stones of Stenness, Mainland and Piers Art Centre. Stromness Ferry Terminal and Stromness Museum ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Friendly hotel. Everything required was supplied.
"Quite a short notice booking. The hotel was very reasonably priced but had everything required for the stay."

Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2021

The Stromness Hotel by Paymán Club
Standing Stones Hotel
Standing Stones Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Stenness, Stromness, Scotland
Situated in Stromness, this hotel is steps away from Standing Stones of Stenness and Mainland. Maes Howe and Ring of Brogdar are also within 2 miles (3 km).
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
Dog friendly, clean & well kept.
"The team at Standing Stones could not do enough for us. They were attentive and friendly. The hotel was in nice condition, the room was stylishly decorated and clean. The hotel was accommodating to our dog. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Standing Stones Hotel
Lindisfarne Bed & Breakfast
Lindisfarne Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
Lindisfarne, Stromness, Scotland
The price is AU$166 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Standing Stones of Stenness and Mainland. Stromness Ferry Terminal and Piers Art Centre ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
"What a great property! The house is very homely, welcoming and comfortable. The Pepper family were great. Breakfast was very tasty with an excellent selection. I would absolutely recommend the Lindisfarne B&B."

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2021

Lindisfarne Bed & Breakfast
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The Stromness Hotel by Paymán Club
The Stromness Hotel by Paymán Club
2 out of 5
The Pierhead, Stromness, Scotland
The price is AU$95 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
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Standing Stones Hotel
Standing Stones Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Stenness, Stromness, Scotland
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Lindisfarne Bed & Breakfast
Lindisfarne Bed & Breakfast
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Lindisfarne, Stromness, Scotland
The price is AU$166 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Charming 3 bedroom family home close to Stromness
Bu Road, Stromness, SCT
Charming 3 bedroom family home close to Stromness
Stromness Apartments
Stromness Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Milldam, Cauldhame Road, Orkney, Stromness, Scotland
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The Royal Hotel Stromness
The Royal Hotel Stromness
3 out of 5
55-57 Victoria St, Stromness, Scotland
The price is AU$205 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
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Ferry Inn Stromness
Ferry Inn Stromness
3 out of 5
10 John Street, Orkney, Stromness, Scotland
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Harbour Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Ferry Road, Stromness, Scotland
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The Stromness Hotel
3 out of 5
The Pierhead, Stromness, Scotland
The Stromness Hotel
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