I promised more posts from October’s Orkney holiday, so here’s the next one.
I mentioned before that Orkney’s history is amazingly rich, and spanning an incredible range of ages. Most intriguing for me are the Neolithic sites found all over the islands, most incredibly well preserved compared to others of comparable age across the world.
We started our Neolithic tour with Maeshowe chambered cairn, then moved right on along the road barely a mile, to find first, this lone stone standing on the side of the road
We never did find out any more about this one, but it is located in an area so rich with standing stones, we just treated it as an appetizer!
Moving a few hundred metres further, we came to the Standing Stones of Stennes
And to put a bit of perspective to the size of these monoliths…
Moving right along (which is what we did, as there is just SO much to see and so little time), here’s some idea of how many sites are crammed into a very small area of this one tiny corner of Orkney
So without further ado, we set off, oh, all of barely a mile along the road to the stunning Ring of Brodgar
This view from the car park gives some idea of the size, but once you get up there, amongst the stones, the sheer scale of the ring takes your breath away
Built around 2500-2000BC, the ring covers an area of almost 8,500 square metres!
Such a feeling of standing in the midst of history, wondering what significance these stones held to the peoples of the time. We discussed the possibility of this being a meeting place of tribes, with each having their own stone to gather beside, although other theories abound.
Quoting from Orkney.com “According to legend, it was a religious shrine and possibly a place of ritual, while others believe the ring was built for the astronomical observation of the equinox and solstice. The truth is, we don’t know for sure which only adds to the mystique.”
And we weren’t even finished for the day, so join me for more in my next post…