Stenness

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Stenness
Stenness 1983.jpg
The Stenness Watch Stone stands outside the circle, next to the modern bridge leading to the Ring of Brodgar.
Stenness is located in Orkney Islands
Stenness
Stenness
Stenness shown within Orkney
OS grid referenceHY305115
Civil parish
  • Stenness
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSTROMNESS
Postcode districtKW16
Dialling code01856
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58°59′10″N 3°12′29″W / 58.986°N 3.208°W / 58.986; -3.208Coordinates: 58°59′10″N 3°12′29″W / 58.986°N 3.208°W / 58.986; -3.208

Stenness (pronounced /ˈstɛnɪs/) is a village and parish on the Orkney Mainland in Scotland.[1] It contains several notable prehistoric monuments including the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar.

Geography[edit]

Stenness parish adjoins the southern extremity of the Loch of Stenness,[2] and also some notable standing stones. It is bounded on the west by the efflux of the loch, and a branch of Hoy Sound,[2] and has been politically merged with Firth.[2]

History[edit]

In Old Norse: Steinnes[3] or Steinsnes[4] means headland/peninsula of the stone.

The area has been inhabited for a considerable time. Near the village are several notable prehistoric monuments including the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United Kingdom Ordnance Survey Map Landranger 45, Orkney Mainland, 1:50,000 scale, 2003
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Rev. John (1882). "The Gazetteer of Scotland". Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnstone. Retrieved 2009-07-25.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Roy (January 1992) Orkneyjar ok Katanes (map, Inverness, Nevis Print)
  4. ^ Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9
  5. ^ Paola Arosio & Diego Meozzi. "Stones of Stenness". Stone Pages. Retrieved 2009-07-25.

External links[edit]

This article incorporates text from Wilson, Rev. John The Gazetteer of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1882) Published by W. & A.K. Johnstone