One of the finest stone circles in the world.
This site is open year-round. Please follow the one way system on your visit.
Some sections of the inner path may be closed periodically to allow the grass path to rest and regenerate.
Dating back from 2,500 to 2,000 BC, the stone ring was built in a true circle, 104 metres wide and originally contained sixty megaliths; today only twenty-seven of these stones remain.
The reason for the creation of the Ring of Brodgar, which would have been a considerable amount of work in that time, is not known for sure, perhaps as an astronomical observatory, religious shrine or rituals.
The Ring of Brodgar along with Stones of Stenness, Maeshowe and Skara Brae make up the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. An iconic part of Orkney’s identity, they are well worth a visit. Free walks around the site are provided by Historic Scotland rangers. The circle looks its most majestic and mystical at sunrise or sunset.
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