Stanydale Temple

Shetland Mainland | Bridge of Walls | Neolithic building | ★★

[Stanydale Temple]

No-one is quite sure what Stanydale Temple's purpose once was: perhaps a Neolithic 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. There are other prehistoric structures in the wider area. Access involves a rather soggy approach path across remote moorland, but it's worth it for such an intriguing site.

[Stanydale Temple]

Location & info

📌 Stanydale Temple ★★
Off minor road near Loch Gruting, 3 mi southeast of Bridge of Walls, Shetland Mainland, G.R.: HU 285502 ///darts.louder.bakers
Always open | Free

💬 From the small layby (also a passing place - don't block it all) at G.R.: HU 292501 ///tablet.ruin.promising it's a 15-min walk to the "temple" on a waymarked but wet, moorland path.

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