Stanydale Temple

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

[Staneydale 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.

[Staneydale Temple]

📌 Stanydale Temple 
Location: Off minor road near Loch Gruting, 3 miles southeast 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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