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Standing Stones


Access I walked along the coastal path from Warebeth beach towards Breckness. I'd guess it's a mile or so on a reasonably good path, but it's probably only good if you're OK on your feet - it undulates and has been damaged by subsidence in a few places.

The stones are easily visible from the path but a real struggle to reach. I ended up being a bit naughty and nipping through the barbed wire and walking up the field margin - you'd have to get through the fence to reach them anyway....

Friday 25 June 2004
As Wideford has said, Orkney is littered with stones, often in pairs, some of which seem to be acknowledged as 'bona fide' standing stones, and some that don't.

These are in a lovely spot and it's a really nice walk from Warebeth beach, round the 'corner' from Stromness.

The nearby stone that Wideford has mentioned looks every bit as much a 'real' standing stone as these, though many others seem maybe less convincing. Bottom line is that unless proved otherwise, many could be ancient boundary markers, and many might not be.

I passed a big pile of at least 5 or 6 similar stones stacked by the coastal path on the way up from the beach. Were they 'old ones' taken down & stacked by a farmer, or 'new ones' ready for use? Or both?
Moth Posted by Moth
28th August 2004ce

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