The Swan and the Stone

The Swan and the Stone by little_frank
The Swan and the Stone, a photo by little_frank on Flickr.

Standing stone, Orkney (Scotland).

The Standing Stones of Stenness form an impressive Neolithic monument on the mainland of Orkney, Scotland. The stones are sited on a promontory at the south bank of the stream that joins the southern ends of the Loch of Stenness (a sea loch) and the Loch of Harray.
The name comes from Old Norse meaning "stone headland".
The spectacular Ring of Brodgar lies just 1.2 km away to the north-west, near the tip of the isthmus formed between the two lochs. Maeshowe chambered cairn is about 1.2 km to the east of the Standing Stones of Stenness and several other Neolithic monuments also lie in the vicinity, suggesting the importance area 5000 years ago.

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