Standing stone circles and a burial chamber were the sites we visited today (the beer brewery was not open to the public on Mondays. The first monument we visited were the Stones of Stenness and then we went on to the Ring of Brodgar.
The Ring of Brodgar is a very impressive neolithic monument on Mainland, Orkney. It was created about 5,000 years ago and is much older than Stonehenge. It is calculated that it took about 50,000 man hours to construct.
We then went to Maes Howe, which provided shelter from the rain. The slabs of Soft Red Sandstone were ubiquitous on Orkney at the time Maes Howe was built. They are good building material as they are relatively soft stone and comes out of the soil in large square slabs, as can be seen in the south wall of the central chamber.
The rain started at about 13:00 and gradually became worse, so the afternoon was spent looking at the hares outside the conservatory of the house we are staying in.