Stanydale Temple

[Staneydale Temple]

No-one is quite sure what Stanydale Temple's purpose once was: perhaps a temple, or a village hall, the home of an important person, or indeed something else entirely. The stones surrounding this oval hollow point to a construction date of 2,000 or 3,000 BC, making one of the very oldest structures anywhere on Shetland. Access involves a rather soggy approach path across remote moorland, but it's worth it for such an intriguing site.

[Staneydale Temple]

Name: Stanydale Temple ☆☆☆
Description: Large Neolithic structure (with other prehistoric structures in the wider area) - its purpose unclear but possibly a temple or hall.
Location: Off minor road near Loch Gruting, 3 miles south-east of Bridge of Walls, G.R.: HU 285502 / scream thunder cycled
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? 15-min walk from the small layby, on a waymarked but wet path across moorland.

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