Stone circles, Neolthic towns and a burial mound!
The Heart of Neolithic Orkney has definitely become my favourite UK WHS! I started out really early to catch the sunrise (FYI – only really possible in Autumn/winter as its really far north so days are very very long in the summer). I took the X1 bus from Kirkwall to Stenness then walked to the Stones of Stenness in the predawn light. Next to the stones is the fairly recently excavated Neolithic settlement of Barnhouse – its open so you can just go and look around. From there it’s about a 15 minute walk to the Ring of Brodgar. This was incredible. The sun was just starting to rise properly and the area was filled with golden light. Incredibly the light rain meant there was a rainbow!!!! After I took about a million photos and looked around the stones I walked on to Skara Brae. It’s about 2 hours walk but the easiest way of getting around if you don’t have a car! From Skara Brae (Neolithic village!) I was also able to get a bus tour to Maeshowe, where you can see the incredible Neolithic Chambered Tomb and the quirky rune inscriptions left by Vikings who sheltered there in a storm!!!
Heart of Neolithic Orkney