Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brogar

For a description of the sites I visited in Orkney, read the Weekend in Orkney essay.

Stones of Stenness

Image 1: Stones of Stenness. A group of standing stones on the Orkney mainland, about 1/3 of the way between Stromness and Kirkwall. These stones date back to about 3000 B.C. Originally there were 12 stones in the circle, but now there are only 5. They stand about 4 metres high by 1.5 metres wide. The field is a sheep pasture (watch where you step!).

Standing Stone

Image 2: Standing Stone. A close up view of one of the stones.

Ring of Brogar (IR Film)

Image 3: Ring of Brogar. This picture was taken using Kodak Infrared black and white film. Most of my IR pictures were fogged due to a mess up by a security guard in Glasgow. This one more-or-less turned out. The ring is about 4000 years old, making it younger than the Stones of Stenness by a millenium. Individually the stones are less impressive than the Stenness stones, as the Brogar stones are only 3 metres high by 1 metre wide. However, the entire ring originally contained 60 stones, and is far larger in diameter than the Stenness stones.

The Ring of Brogar is a short walk from the Stones of Stenness.

Ring of Brogar (colour film

Image 4: Colour picture of the Ring of Brogar. In this picture you can make out the purplish heather in the centre of the stone, recently planted to make the stones look more like they did when they were first put up. This photo is taken from the opposite direction from photo #3.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon FG-20 manual SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The images were captured on Kodak Ektachrome slide film.