Standing Stones of Stenness Tours
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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.
Entrance to the Standing Stones of Stenness is free, and the site is open all day every day, perfect for those sunset silhouette photos. The site is about a 10-minute drive from Stromness along the B9055, and in summer, there are Stagecoach buses from Kirkwall and Stromness to the standing stones.
Address: Stenness, Orkney, Scotland
Hours: All year
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Standing Stones of Stenness
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.
Take an Orkney Islands tour of top attractions on this day trip from Inverness. You’ll travel by coach through Scotland’s dramatic North Highlands and ferry across the Pentland Firth from John O’Groats. Cross the Churchill Barriers and Scapa Flow to the Ring of Brodgar and Standing Stones of Stenness — part of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site. Your guide also takes you to the stone-age village of Skara Brae and the 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. Note: This tour operates during the summer months.
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.
Our three day Orkney tour from Inverness takes in the best the island has to offer! See Neolithic sights such as Skara Brae, The Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe, the Italian Chapel and more
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Standing Stones of Stenness hours of operation?
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.
What's the best way to experience Standing Stones of Stenness?
The best ways to experience Standing Stones of Stenness are:
- 3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness
- Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
- Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats
- Orkney Islands & Highlands from Inverness - 3 Day Tour from Inverness
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