Ring of Brodgar
Ring of Brodgar
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This is the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland, which is more than 340 feet in diameter consisting of 25 stones, the largest of which is 15 feet in height.
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  • IlyaNJ
    Marlboro, New Jersey1,010 contributions
    Great sight
    A very impressive part of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site. Maybe less impressive than Stonehenge but still very picturesque and awe-inducing. The parking lot is a couple of hundred yards away, which may be a challenge on a windy or rainy day.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Carina C
    London, United Kingdom110 contributions
    Amazing site, bit of a steep muddy walk up, not enough on site info
    Awesome site and a must see. It’s quite a walk up a muddy hill from the car park to get to the stones and there are very few information boards and explaining anything. But it’s amazing to walk around and feel the history
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Joris van der Linden
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands4 contributions
    A deep reflection on humanity through the ages.
    Go on the guided tour on 1pm. Sandra from Historic Environment Scotland gave us an amazing tour. She told a story of the ring, the island itself and it's settler's hypthesised history. Relating the stones to symbolisms of life, the seasons and concepts of impermanence, all with great care and responsibility (she clearly seperated fact from theory and interpretation). Her story was presented with excellent wit and skill. She got her audience to laugh with many lighthearted jokes, whince with honest revelations and even tear up with striking reflections on the lives of both the builders and the audience. Never have I left a site with such goosebumps. Very impressed. Thank you Sandra!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • nwaynesworld
    1,857 contributions
    Ring of Brodgar
    Worth a visit. Not as impressive as Stonehenge. However, equally interesting. Plan to spend a half hour to an hour at this site. Also visit the Standing stones of Stenness, which is close by.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • John S
    14 contributions
    Human History brought to Life
    The Ring is one of five Neolithic sites within a couple of miles: Ness of Brodgar (may close in 2024-5) Stones of Stennes, Barnesvillage and Scara Brae. All are very interesting if you are interested in human history. The scale of human endeavour 5000 years ago is staggering, mystifying, amusing and a little titillating if you know where to look. Children need interested parents willing to explain and involve. Not sure if you could give do each justice in one day and weather can be an issue as it’s mostly outdoors. The staff m, some volunteers, love to talk to visitors. We all need to follow the directions do as to preserve the natural environment in which these historical sites are set
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Sandy S
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,047 contributions
    Tops Stonehenge
    This circle or Neolithic standing stones sits on a hilltop moor sloping down to a blue loch. The view combines with the lingering mystery of the purpose for this site to rival, and in our opinion surpass, Stonehenge. No roaring highway nearby. Even on a sunny early summer day, no mobs of tourists. No wonder these distant people chose this spot.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Patric D
    Sandbach, United Kingdom1,006 contributions
    Stunning
    I think this ring puts stonehenge to shame. Over 25 standing stones on an extensive site - it feels lonely, windswpt and mysterious. Beatiful setting on the loch ( on a nice day). it is a short-ish walk from the car / coach park but it's worth the effort. lots of information boards to read for interpretation. Really amazing
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Barry and Nicol... G
    Reading, United Kingdom1,075 contributions
    Walk around a neolithic site.
    Its well worth visiting the standing stones here at the ring of Brodgar. Its hard to get your head around that these stones were here before Stonehenge. There is a free car park a few minutes walk away. Lots of info boards and a path to walk around. Please stay on the path and not go into the circle of stones as a few morons where doing. Funny how some people can't read signs!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • empathology
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands513 contributions
    An awesome sight to rival Stonehenge
    This large neolithic stone circle is set in a stunning location, perched on a mound with water and hills as a backdrop and surrounded by heather (which is beautiful if it's flowering). The stones are sensibly cordoned off so you walk around the outside of the circle - still quite close. Given that it's older than Stonehenge, makes it all the more remarkable. 5-minute easy walk (no steps) from a free car park, but no toilet facilities.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • epemberton
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom212 contributions
    Fantastic
    Visited both the Stenness Stones and the Ring of Brodgar in the same morning - they're close enough together and both are worth visiting. Of the two I think I preferred Brodgar, although my other half preferred the Stenness Stones! For me though I just thought Brodgar was more impressive - there are around thirty stones, the henge is full of heather and the sea is in the background - lovely. There's a fairly large car park a short walk from the site, which is free to visit. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
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Islandling
Orkney Islands, UK95 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The views from here are lovely, with spectacular sunset photo opportunities if you are fortunate enough to be here when the weather is good. You can have a wee look at the comet stone while you're here, although the stones themselves are unfortunately inaccessible to the public. It's a smashing place for a stroll around, and it even has a couple of pokemon gyms!
When I was here, I found a whole ton of edible wild mushrooms growing, which was just incredible to find this late in the year. So, I'm giving it five stars. :-)

Really though, it's lovely.
Try to go when it's nice weather, and bring a camera.
Written 14 December 2023
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Johnlobster
Morpeth, UK2,687 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Went here on our scotland trip. Parked a couple of hundred yards away and walked up to the stones. They really are quite amazing to see. Well worth visiting.
Written 6 December 2023
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YHZGlobetrotter
Waverley, Canada816 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Yes, it’s a ring of stones. But what a ring it is! We stopped here at least 3 times during our week on Orkney. I was totally fascinated by it. Five thousand years old and still standing strong. Certainly a religious site and symbolic for so many reasons. Only 27-30 stones remain of the original 60. Was it an astronomical site as well? Who knows? A stunning stone circle.
Written 16 November 2023
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Gerry S
Herne Bay, UK224 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Yep, its there, as it has been for many many years, what more can I say. Its exactly as described. A large circle of large stones stood upright in the ground. But if your into Neolithics, well worth a visit and to marvel at.
Written 6 November 2023
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JeffreyS66
Ramsgate, UK22 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Had a wander around the Ring. Nice to see the stones and read about its history. Interesting to see. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 5 November 2023
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,084 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Ring of Brodgar is located between the Italian Chapel and Skara Brae. It was just okay. I would not make a special trip if you are not in the area. It basically was large rocks arranged in a circle to resemble Stonehenge even though it is older than Stonehenge. People are not sure what the purpose is, but their best guess is that it was a ceremonial site at one time.
Written 5 October 2023
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MosiDowntheRoad
48 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
UNESCO site and a must when visiting Orkney. Our guide, Elaine, was very knowledgeable and friendly. A fascinating and mysterious neolithic site.
Written 3 October 2023
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Ayrdiver
Bowmore, UK108 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Having been here years ago, the current iteration of visiting this site is poor. Roped off to avoid actually being able to wander amongst the stones or come in contact with them site (outwith certain times, when on an official tour) detracts hugely from the ambiance of the place. Much like Stonehenge, it is becoming sanitised beyond reality - unless you pay or are a celebrity(?). This is an amazing cultural confer Scottish history and, like so many historical sites, have been sterilised to the extent that is just a managed a photo opportunity. Sadly disappointing after my previous visits..
Written 17 September 2023
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Christine M
Bowmore, UK26 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Visited Orkney 14 years ago and Brodgar was an amazing experience. Sadly this time the path was away from the stones and it was very poorly managed. Dogs off leads unchallenged by the staff etc. Restrictions are probably because of the number of tour buses linked to day visitors and cruise boats but it was overall a disappointing experience. Hopefully something will be done although the mooted charges to visit are hopefully not the way to go unless the massively improve the visitor experience
Written 16 September 2023
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epemberton
North Yorkshire, UK212 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Visited both the Stenness Stones and the Ring of Brodgar in the same morning - they're close enough together and both are worth visiting. Of the two I think I preferred Brodgar, although my other half preferred the Stenness Stones! For me though I just thought Brodgar was more impressive - there are around thirty stones, the henge is full of heather and the sea is in the background - lovely.

There's a fairly large car park a short walk from the site, which is free to visit. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Written 16 September 2023
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