I made one last stop before boarding the ferry to Yell – at the neolithic Stanydale settlement and enjoyed a little walk and lunch break. Visiting the house and surrounding buildings of a probably important person.
It is not known what the purpose of Stanydale Temple was, similar buildings were found in Malta. It might have been a village hall, a courtroom or the chieftan’s hall built between 4000 to 5000 years ago. It is very similar to Neolithic houses and burial cairns in Shetland, but it is twice the size and probably had a timber roof.
Besides the large hall, there are also two smaller stone houses and about 30 mounds of stone. It was also occupied during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age – up to around 400BC.
An Oystercatcher (?) in full flight.
A short ferry ride later I arrived in Yell and went straight to my little hut with a view of the ferry to Unst.