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the Ring of Brodgar: Stones 26 and 27

Stones 26 and 27

Interior faces of stones 26 and 27 on the west side of the circle, viewed from northeast. Visible 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).