Barnhouse Settlement

Orkney Mainland | Stenness | Neolithic settlement & standing stone | ★★

[Barnhouse Settlement]

The Barnhouse Settlement is a relative newcomer to the Orkney tourist scene, a 5,000 year old Neolithic village only discovered in 1984. Don't come expecting another Skara Brae. Although the Barnhouse Settlement was around at the same time, it was abandoned much earlier and never developed to the same extent. Without having been protected by deep sand dunes as at Skara Brae, agriculture over the centuries has left the structures in a poor state. But it's free to visit, usually quiet, and easily reached on foot from the nearby Stones of Stenness (park here). The settlement as well as the large Barnhouse Stone, a short drive away, are presumably both named after the nearby farm. The Barnhouse Stone is ingeniously aligned with Maeshowe, the Watch Stone and Ring of Brodgar.

[Barnhouse Settlement]

Location & info

📌 Barnhouse Settlement ★★
By the B9055 half a mile north of Stenness, Orkney Mainland, G.R.: HY 308127 ///extension.fallen.line
Always open | Free

Anything else? Parking for the Barnhouse Settlement is at the nearby Stones of Stenness car park.

📌 Barnhouse Stone
North side of the A965 just east of the B9055 junction, half a mile east of Stenness, Orkney Mainland, G.R.: HY 313122 ///enlighten.faded.arranged
Always open | Free

Anything else? Nearest parking for the Barnhouse Stone is by the church on the minor road 300 metres to the north. No formal access path to the stone - it's in the middle of a field (with a gate by the church).



[Barnhouse Stone]

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