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Standing Stones of Stenness

Standing Stones of Stenness Tours and Activities

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Old Norse for “Stone Headland,” the towering Standing Stones of Stenness are truly giant, some shooting up to 19 feet tall. Recent research suggests that the stones, only four of which remain, could date back to 3300 BC, making them quite possible the oldest standing stones in the British Isles.

Pronounced “Stane-is” in the lilting Orcadian dialect, the standing stones are less than a mile from the younger Ring of Brodgar, both of which are part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage site.

On a narrow strip of land between the lochs of Harray and Stenness, the Stone Age function of Stenness is still unknown, but it is thought that the stone circle may have been used in ceremonies to celebrate the relationship between the living and past communities.

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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

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Escape the mainland for a full-day tour of the far-flung Orkney Islands from John O’Groats. Journey by ferry across the Pentland Firth to the wind-swept Orkney archipelago, bursting with postcard-perfect natural vistas and mystical landmarks. With a local guide, cruise along the Churchill Barriers to visit villages steeped in Viking mystery like 5,000-year-old Skara Brae and landmarks like the Lamb Holm Italian Chapel and St. Magnus Cathedral.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

5-Day Orkney & Scotland's Northern Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the mystic and striking beauty of the remote Orkney Islands on this 5-day excursion from Edinburgh. In a small group, journey with your expert guide through the rugged Scottish Highlands, John o'Groats and the wind-swept Orkney archipelago. Enjoy views of the mysterious Loch Ness and Ben Hope Mountain, villages steeped in Viking mystery and landmarks like Stirling Castle and Lamb Holm Italian Chapel. Spend four evenings relaxing in 3-star accommodation.
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  • 5 days
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3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

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Explore off the beaten path on this 3-day tour of the archipelago of Orkney. Leave the driving to your guide and travel in a top-of-the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach to visit prehistoric sites, a dramatic red sandstone coast, and some of Scotland’s most remote fishing villages. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people to ensure a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 days
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From Kirkwall - Orkney Mainland Private Tour

From Kirkwall - Orkney Mainland Private Tour

See the historical and natural highlights of the Orkney Mainland all in one day, on this private tour from Kirkwall. Meet your guide at your preferred address, hop aboard your vehicle, and set off. You’ll admire the wild and rugged beauty of locations like Scapa Flow (a natural harbor) before encountering Neolithic cairns and villages, ancient stone circles, Bronze and Iron Age settlements, and other striking landmarks.
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Orkney Mini Tour 5 hours

Orkney Mini Tour 5 hours

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This tour is a great way to visit the main sites in Orkney in around 5 hours. Ideal if you are on a day trip or a cruise ship and you want to see some of the main highlights of the island. You will be given commentary while driving around Orkney's beautiful scenery and tell you about local customs and traditions of the islands. This tour takes you through the Heart of Neolithic Orkney visiting some of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the UK and then a coastal drive with panoramic views of the beautiful Scapa Flow to discover Orkney's wartime history with a stop at the Italian Chapel. We also visit Orkney's main town of Kirkwall to see St Magnus Cathedral, built while Orkney was under Norse rule.
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What are Standing Stones of Stenness hours of operation?
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Standing Stones of Stenness hours of operation: All year. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Standing Stones of Stenness can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Standing Stones of Stenness 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Standing Stones of Stenness costs USD 110.37. Guided Standing Stones of Stenness tours start around USD 110.37 per person.
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