Orkney: Friday 26th June – Maeshowe to the Stones of Stenness

We walked from Maeshowe, a Neolithic burial chamber, to the Stones of Stenness. Overcast and cloudy.  Maeshowe is aligned to the Winter Solstice when a shaft of sunlight beams into the chamber through the long low entrance tunnel. This was the signal for the beginning of a winter festival to celebrate the turn of the year.  All the sites around, including the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, are aligned to the Solstice.

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See http://www.maeshowe.co.uk/maeshoweabout.html for info and pictures of the interior.

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