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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Vanessa Martin (7 months ago)
Amazing story surrounding these stones. Just had to go and soak up the history
Robert Hetherington (8 months ago)
Very mysterious the way the stones are layed out, board says could be 3 to 4 thousand year old graves worth a look if your passing
Lee Jarvis (8 months ago)
A quick detour that's peaceful and mildly interesting.
Callum Chapman (8 months ago)
It is, in fact, a hill. With lots of stones. And no one can figure out why. Can't say it massively impressive, or worth seeing. Name checks out
Zach Emerson (9 months ago)
A small historic stone circle, I see some reviews say how small it is which is true but it is still worth visiting if you are interested in history/archeology if not then don’t bother. Still it was in a nice area and I enjoyed the walk around them.
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