Five thousand years ago the prehistoric people of the Orkney Islands began constructing some extraordinary monuments out of stone.
In 1999, several of these were inscribed on the World Heritage List as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. The Site is composed of the chambered tomb of Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness, the Barnhouse Stone, the Watchstone, the Ring of Brodgar and associated funerary monuments and stone settings, and Skara Brae settlement.
Individually, the sites are masterpieces of design and stonework construction. Collectively, they represent one of the richest surviving Neolithic landscapes in western Europe.