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Access is via single track road with limited parking (avoiding blocking the passing places). Route... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2018
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Very quiet place

One of the few locations on Shetland where you do not see the ocean. It's an about 15 minute walk... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Langenfeld, Germany
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| 3m South West of Bixter on West mainland off the A971, Bixter, Scotland
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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Access is via single track road with limited parking (avoiding blocking the passing places). Route well marked with poles and a few information boards along the way. Ruin appears to have been restored with full ring of stones around 2 m high.

Thank AllanAB15
Reviewed 4 September 2017

One of the few locations on Shetland where you do not see the ocean. It's an about 15 minute walk up the hill. Waterproof boots are advised. Once you are inside the "temple", sit down in one of the alcoves and it will be absolutely...More

Thank Anke_Germany
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Shetland is very poor at making much noise about its historic sites, Jarlshof aside. The Stanydale site is somewhere which should be much better known - one can imagine how it would be lauded if on Orkney for example. The ludicrously named "Temple" is only...More

1  Thank Clive M
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Worth the walk , just off the A971 ,from the car park follow the marker poles , wear a pair of good boots it can get boggy. A magnificent structure from the neolithic period. Whatever it was used for it is in a truly stunning...More

Thank BluePete
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Getting here is more about the journey than the destination. The journey - from Lerwick - passes several panoramic viewpoints. So the scenery en route to this remote 'temple' makes it worth it in itself. The Temple gives you a feel for what Neolithic farming...More

Thank Penny H
Reviewed 16 May 2017

A rare place in Shetland where a substantial building cannot be seen from the sea, it must have had an important purpose but is now a mystery. Rout will often be boggy.

Thank GandC_UK
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This site is so ancient but there is enough of it left that you can imagine what was there so long ago. Its location is remote and peaceful and well worth the short walk to find it.

1  Thank lady_isobel
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Stanydale Temple is a Neolithic site on Mainland, Shetland. It is located in a field to the south of the modern village of Stanydale, about 30-35Kms by road from Lerwick. There is uncertainty about the original purpose of the building, but its unusual size indicates...More

2  Thank Ashok S
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

We love Stanydale Temple! Lovely wee trudge over the hill with a fantastic sheltered place to picnic whatever the eirt o da wind!

1  Thank TheWettons
Reviewed 30 October 2015

This is just a hole in the ground with some stones around it.There is a tiny sign with a very short description which basically gives you no information at all. Wikipedia has more information than actually going to this site. Horrible location with no facilities...More

3  Thank alvinlwh
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