Saints and Stones: Watchstone

Dating back to the 3rd Millenium B.C., the Watchstone is a solitary 18-1/3rd foot menhir near the Loch of Stenness just to the northwest of the Stones of Stenness.

Originally one of a pair of stones, this has led to the theory that the two stones were the remnants of a larger stone circle.

About the Watchstone

Orkneyjar: Watchstone
Megalithic Portal: Watch Stone (Watchstone)
Stone Pages: Watch Stone
Orkneyjar: Orkney's Standing Stones
Wikipedia: Menhir

Journey to the Watchstone

The Watchstone 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 (HY305127)

Visitors Information

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

Additional Photos of the Watchstone

The Watchstone and the Loch of Stenness
The Watchstone Looking South
The Watchstone Looking North
2010 Revisit to the Watchstone

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