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Ring of Brodgar

Stone Circle, Orkney

brodgarsun.jpg (8979 bytes)The Ring at Sunset
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Easily the most awe-inspiring prehistoric site in Scotland, the Ring of Brodgar (also known as Brogar) lies on a promontory between two lochs. The stone circle is quite complete, and one of the biggest in Britain.The stones are set within a circular ditch up to 3m deep and 9m across that was hewn out of the solid bedrock by the prehistoric constructors. The surrounding area is full of other standing stones and Bronze Age round barrows, making a significant ritual landscape. Nearby are the Stones of Stenness. The sunset photo above was taken just past the Summer Solstice at about 1.30 in the morning.


Access: Immediately west of B9055, and well signposted. A Historic Scotland site (state care). Free entry

Rating: General Impression 5, Ambience 5, Access 5

Personal: My wife Ruth found Brodgar eerie and refused point blank to go near it. We visited as part of Orkney Science Week, on a fascinating talk and coach tour presented by, among others, Drs Ewan McKie and Archie Roy, both megalith investigators interested in astroarchaeology. Science Week takes place every September, ring the Orkney Tourist Board for more information.

Top photo John Goodland

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