"The Heart of Neolithic Orkney"
- a
UNESCO World Heritage Site

“We cannot live fully without the treasury our ancestors have left us” - George Mackay Brown

Sunset at the Watchstone
We feel the Watchstone is ours when we sit in the front porch at Odin!

"The Heart of Neolithic Orkney"
is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is one of over 830 places in the world regarded as having outstanding universal value and ranks alongside some of the most famous in the world, including Stonehenge, Avebury and the Jurassic Coast in England, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu in Peru.

Odin is spectacularly situated in the midst of this World Heritage Site, at the meeting point of the Lochs of Stenness and Harray.  The Standing Stones of Stenness, dating from c.3000BC stand in the adjacent field, while Barnhouse Neolithic Village is opposite the back door! This is a unique property whose situation is unmatched in Orkney.

The World Heritage Site includes Maeshowe, Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness (with the Watch Stone and Barnhouse Stone) and the Ring of Brodgar together with adjacent standing stones and burial mounds.  All of these monuments were built and used during, the first half of the 3rd millennium BC.  They are exceptionally fine and authentic: relics of the period when, world-wide, great civilisations started to arise.  The architectural achievements of the people living in Orkney speak of a level of sophistication which matches that of the centres of Mesopotamia and North Africa.

Winter sunset down the passageway at Maeshowe chambered cairn

The Ring of Brodgar

Sunset at the Standing Stones of Stenness

Skara Brae

The nearby Standing Stones of Stenness
Click on links below for more information on nearby sites:

Neolithic Orkney

The finest example of a chambered cairn in Orkney
Chambered Cairns
Tombs dating from the Neolithic - approx 5,000 years ago
Twelfth century Vikings left many runic inscriptions in Maeshowe
Skara Brae
Famous Neolithic village at Bay of Skaill dating from 3rd Millenium BC
Ring of Brodgar
Orkney's dramatic and impressive henge monument
Standing Stones
Stone circle near Maeshowe
Ness of Brodgar
Spectacular site of a "Neolithic Cathedral"

Barnhouse Settlement
Neolithic settlement near the Standing Stones of Stenness
Other Standing Stones
The Watchstone, Odinstone and Barnhouse Stone

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