Heart of Neolithic Orkney"
- a UNESCO
World Heritage Site
cannot live fully without the treasury our ancestors have left us” - George Mackay Brown
Sunset at the Watchstone
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.
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
nearby Standing Stones of Stenness
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