The Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle And Henge, which is part of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, is a spectacular stone circle. The ring is surrounded by a large circular ditch or henge. The truly circular layout of the ring is an unusual attribute that singles it out as one of the largest and finest stone circles in the British Isles. The Ring of Brodgar (alternative spelling Brogar) comprises a massive ceremonial enclosure and stone circle probably dating from between 2500 and 2000 BC. Around it are at least 13 prehistoric burial mounds and a stone setting (2500-1500 BC). The erecting of the stones, along with the massive rock cut ditch was an activity that required considerable manpower and organisation.

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B9055, Orkney, United Kingdom
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Founded: 2500-2000 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Joseph Kincaid (7 months ago)
Paths have been closed off for winter to allow the ground to recover from summer visitors. Still able to get round but not up close unless you ignore restrictions. A car park is across the road with interpretive boards and it is a short uphill walk to the site.
Drew Richardson (8 months ago)
What an amazing place. It's a magical setting. We visited in September when it was sunny, warm and peaceful. Free to visit too.
gerard gatens (8 months ago)
A wonderful experience. So much history. Well maintained and a must see
Aimee Haynes (9 months ago)
An air of mystery and magic surrounds these stones standing stark against the majestic wild landscape of Orkney. The boards and information fill your head with images of giants and transformation and, in the right light, these faceless stones come to life. Beautiful area, friendly and helpful Rangers, plenty of parking, marked walks of differing lengths, and (as always) stunning views.
Craig Patterson (15 months ago)
wrap up for the wind. Its completely exposed but that does just add to the feel and aura of the place. Great views, magnificent rocks and a wonderful experience. All free, good car park now too. Nice laid out route. Hopefully be good when the Ness dig is done too
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