Saints and Stones: Ring of Brodgar
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The Ring of Brodgar (Brogar) is a late Neolithic/early Bronze Age henge and stone circle in Orkney that, although it has never been excavated, is believed to have been constructed between 2,500 and 2,000 B.C.

Situated on an isthmus of land -- the Ness of Brodgar -- between the Loch of Stenness and the Loch of Harray, the circle is the third largest in the U.K. at approximately 340 feet. Only the outer circle at Avebury and the stone circle at Stanton Drew are larger. Originally composed of 60 stones, 27 remain standing today. The tallest stone is roughly 15 feet tall. A circular ditch surrounds the stones and has two entrance causeways.

In the immediate vicinity are a number of other archaeological sites: the Comet Stone and three man-made mounds that may be chambered cairns: Salt Knowe, Fresh Knowe, and Plumcake Mound.

About Ring of Brodgar

Orkneyjar: Ring of Brodgar
Stone Pages: Ring of Brodgar
Megalithic Portal: Ring of Brodgar
Wikipedia: Ring of Brodgar
Undiscovered Scotland: Ring of Brodgar
Orkneyjar: Building the Stone Circles
Wikipedia: Stone Circle
Wikipedia: Henge

Journey to Ring of Brodgar

The Ring of Brodgar is located in the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney" -- an area of Orkney's West Mainland now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- between the Loch of Stenness and the Loch of Harray on the B9055 off of the main Stromess-Kirkwall road (A965).

Ordnance Survey Map (HY294133)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found on the Historic Scotland website and the Orkneyjar website. General tourist information for Orkney may be found on the Visit Orkney website.

Additional Photos of Ring of Brodgar (2007)

Descriptive Sign at Ring of Brodgar
Ring of Brodgar with Loch of Harray in the Background
Ring of Brodgar
Ring of Brodgar
Ring of Brodgar
Stones of the Ring of Brodgar
Stones of the Ring of Brodgar
Stones of the Ring of Brodgar
Individual Stone of the Ring of Brodgar
Individual Stone of the Ring of Brodgar
Close-Up of Individual Stone
Stone Remnant
Stone Remnant
Sign for Stone Struck by Lightning
Stone Struck by Lightning
12th Century Runic Writing by "Bjorn" with Cross on Individual Stone
Circular Ditch Surrounding Ring of Brodgar
One of Two Entrances to Ring of Brodgar
Nearby Salt Knowe (right) and Salt Water Loch of Stenness
Nearby Fresh Knowe and Fresh Water Loch of Harray
Nearby Plumcake Mound
Nearby Comet Stone
Ring of Brodgar at Sunset

Additional Photos of Ring of Brodgar (2010)

2010 Revisit to the Ring of Brodgar
Close-Up of Lichen-Covered Stone, Ring of Brodgar
Close-Up of Lichen-Covered Stone, Ring of Brodgar
Stone with Salt Knowe in Background at the Ring of Brodgar
Salt Knowe Near the Ring of Brodgar
Fresh Knowe Near the Ring of Brodgar
2010 Revisit to the Ring of Brodgar


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