The Hill O Many Stanes is an area with about 200 upright stones, none more than a metre high. The rows are not parallel, however, and they create a fan-shaped pattern. This arrangement is believed to be a relic of Bronze Age times.

In Megalithic Lunar Observatories (Oxford University Press, 1971) Alexander Thom presented evidence that the stone rows were in effect a Bronze Age lunar observatory, tracking lunar movements over a cycle of 18.6 years. However, more than twenty similar stone rows are now known in Caithness and Sutherland and none of the others has been linked with astronomical observations.

In Britain stone rows of this kind are unknown outside Caithness and Sutherland, but similar rows of much taller stones are found in Brittany, France.



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Founded: 2000 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom


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Roaming Highlander (20 months ago)
A very odd collection of rocks at the hill of many stanes in caithness loads of diffrent ideas why they are here. Whatever the reason its a great little walk with children very safe and enclosed from the road however keeping to the paths is a must to protect the archaeological site. Although the paths are fairly wheel chair accessible the gate to get into the site is NOT which is a shame as i see no reason why a larger gate for wheelchairs could not be fitted and for that reason I have rated 3 star.
Andrew Lawson (2 years ago)
Not so easy to find. Looks like a small cemetery from long ago.
James Budding (2 years ago)
It is basically what you expect - a hill of stones. The place is not particularly well signposted but is quite accessible by foot. The information provided is very good, but what I loved most about this place is the atmosphere of mystery and the unknown. Who really put all these stones here and why? How have they survived so long and how many more like this are out there that have been lost? Worth a wee detour if you're into history/mystical old stuff and happen to be on the East coast.
Paul Fagan (2 years ago)
A very interesting historical site and well worth a visit, quite hard to find and we had to use google to point us in the right direction. A little parking space on the side of the road. Really enjoyed our visit and very relaxing place, beautiful scenery.
Gideon kristensen (2 years ago)
Remarkable collection of stones in the ground. If u pass by I would recommend to give it a visit for a few minutes but I would not drive around for long if u are not particularly interested.
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