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Hjaltadans, also known as Fairy Ring or Haltadans stone circle, is a stone circle on the island of Fetlar in Shetland.[1]

This site is a ring of 38 stones,[2] of which 22 are still fixed in the soil. It is 37 feet in diameter.[3] Inside this is an earthen ring 26 feet in diameter, with a 5-foot gap in the south-west side.[4] In the centre of the rings are two rectangular pillars.[3]

According to J. Jakobsen, the name Haltadans means: "lame or limping dance".[5] This is a reference to the legend that the circle of stones was once a circle of dancing trolls and that the two rock pillars in the centre were once a fiddler and his wife.[3] They had fiddled and danced all night long, and, heedless of the time, were still fiddling and dancing when the sun rose and petrified them all.



  1. Megalithic Portal: Stone Circle in Shetland
  2. 'Fetlar Island of the Week' Hamish Haswell-Smith in Scotland Herald 16 May 1998
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 CANMORE (RCAHMS) record of Fetlar, Gravins, 'Haltadans'
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named meg
  5. Jakobsen, J. (1897). The Dialect and Place-Names of Shetland. pp. 116–117. 
Prehistoric Shetland

Benie HooseFunzie GirtHjaltadans Stone CirclePettigarths Field CairnsScord of BrousterStanding Stones of YoxieStanydale TempleVementry

Iron Age brochs

ClickiminCulswickMousaBurra NessClumlieHuxterNess of BurgiSnabroughWest Burrafirth


St Ninian's Isle TreasureLunnasting stone

Mixed period

JarlshofOld Scatness