The Ring of Brodgar is a brass band work in the style of a Scottish folk tune. Written by James McFadyen as a homage to the stone circle in Orkney, Scotland, The Ring of Brodgar paints a brooding but highly poetic picture of this beautiful landscape.
The Ring of Brodgar represents one of the most iconic and ancient of Orkney Island's heritage and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located on the sloping plateau on the Ness of Brodgar. The actual specific age has never been scientifically dated since it has never been fully excavated. However, it is generally agreed to have been erected there between 2500 BC and 2000 BC.
The ring was built as a true circle that measures almost 104m in diameter, making it the 3rd largest stone circle in Britain. It was thought to originally contain 60 stones, although only 27 stand today, each stone standing at a height between 2.1m and 4.7m. The Ring of Brodgar is classed as a Neolithic henge and has a large ditch surrounding it. There is a north-west entrance and also one to the south-east.