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Hamnavoe, The Giant's Stones

Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Hamnavoe, The Giant's Stones

Classification Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 508

Site Number HU28SW 3

NGR HU 2430 8055

NGR Description HU 2430 8055 and HU 2431 8055

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Northmavine
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU28SW 3 2430 8055 and 2431 8055.

(HU 2432 8055 ) The Giants' Stones (O.E.).

OS 6" map, Shetland, 2nd ed., (1900)

Two standing stones. The more easterly is set with its major axis WNW.-ESE, has a pointed top, with a maximum height of 5'7", and is rectangular at base, where it measures 5' by 1'5".

Its companion, which stands with its major axis SW.-NE,is 7'7" high. It measures 4'2" by 21" at base, but tapers gradually upwards.

According to Low (G Low 1879) there was formerly a third stone.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1931

The Giants' Stones, as described by RCAHMS.

Divorced Survey at 1/10,000.

Visited by OS (R L) 23 April 1969

A S Henshall. has inferred that stumps of other stones exist - to suggest a Stone Circle.

Information from A S Henshall to OS, September 1972.


Publication Account (1997)

These two stones are set 20m apart in an east-west line, but a third stone was recorded in 1774 and its relationship to the two surviving stones is not known. These are impressive stones at 1.8m and 204m tall, but there is no obvious reason for their location on this hillside. Their rest ricted visibility from the voe below means that they are unlikely to have been used as sea-marks.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Shetland’, (1997).


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