The Ness of Brodgar is the thin strip of land, in the West Mainland of Orkney, that separates the Harray and Stenness lochs.
The name highlights Orkney’s Norse heritage, deriving from Nes – “headland”; Brúar – bridge and garðr – farm. Put together, the placename translates as the “headland of the bridge farm”.
Until the beginning of the 21st century, the Ness was best-known for being the location of the Ring of Brodgar. But in 2002 all that changed.
Archaeological excavations have subsequently revealed a large complex of “monumental” Neolithic buildings, artwork, pottery, bones and stone tools.
The Ness of Brodgar excavation site lies between the henge monuments of the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar in the middle of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site and close to the Neolithic settlement at Barnhouse.