Standing Stones of Stenness
Join our Historic Environment Scotland Rangers for a guided walk around Orkney's oldest stone circle.
Prepare to step back in time over 5000 years at the Standing Stones of Stenness, which could be the oldest henge monument in the UK. Four enormous stones make up the site, which originally held 12 stones. Those that remain measure up to 6m in height, surrounding a large hearth.
The Standing Stones of Stenness are part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, and this guided walk provides insight into the history of the stones, as well as some of the secrets of the site. The walk also includes a visit to the nearby Barnhouse Neolithic village.
The Rangers will host walking tours every Wednesday at 10am during the autumn and winter months. The walk will last for around an hour, they are free and there is no need to book. Meet at the entrance to the stone circle.
- Car parking is next to the Stones and it is a short walk from there to the Barnhouse settlement.
- The route is fairly flat but can be muddy underfoot.
- Warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear advised.
- There is no shelter or toilets on site.