The Ring of Brodgar to Maes Howe
Although mostly a linear road walk, this route along the Brodgar Peninsular links together some of the most archaeologically-significant sites in Britain. The time and distance given are for the full return walk. The Ring of Brodgar forms the heart of a huge prehistoric ceremonial complex positioned in a key location known as the Ness of Brodgar. Occupying the land between the Ring of Brodgar and the nearby Stones of Stenness this 2.5 hectare site has been excavated over recent years to reveal housing, decorated stone slabs, a massive stone wall with foundations, and a large building described variously as a Neolithic palace, cathedral or temple. The significance of the discoveries here has led archaeologists to declare the Ness of Brodgar a site of international importance, and shifted focus away from Stonehenge in the south of England to the far north.
Surfaced roads, with sections of grassy footpaths. Care needed on final section along verge of busy road.
Bus route between Kirkwall and Stromness stops at the A965/B9055 road junction; using the bus has the advantage of being able to shorten the route by catching it back from Maeshowe.
Car park for Ring of Brodgar. Map and directions.