photo 19 of 44
the Ring of Brodgar: Stones 25 and 26

Stones 25 and 26

Interior faces of stones 25 (stump) and 26 on the west side of the circle, viewed from northeast. In the background are hills on the island of Hoy. Ring of Brodgar, c. 2500 BC. Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland. Measuring nearly 104 m in diameter, this impressive Neolithic monument is a true circle that is thought to have originally consisted of 60 stones. Today 27 stones remain standing, ranging in height from 2.1 m to 4.7 m. The ring is positioned on a scenic strip of land between the freshwater Loch of Harray (to NE) and the saltwater Loch of Stenness (to SW).