Open main menu


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]


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 alsoEdit


  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 linksEdit

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