Ales stenar
at Kåseberga is the largest stone ship in Sweden. Controversial origin, grave or calendar? Beautifully situated overlooking the sea.

12 August 2012: Ale's stones really needs no presentation. Many people have visited these stones. One of Skåne's most popular tourist destinations. The gravel path up from Kåseberga port and the path from the parking lot before Kåseberga are well trodden. Two large signs with two different theories about the function of the stones. The official interpretation is that it is a tomb in the shape of a ship. The other is a private researchers interpretation that it is a sunship, a calender. I do not know. The debate will continue. The ship has a few times been roughly treated and restored, so it probably can not be completely sure that the stones are correctly positioned.

National Heritage Board about Ales stones
Private Researcher about Ales stones

At the cattle grid in to the ship is a handwritten sign in  swedish and german text that say it is forbidden to climb on the stones. The well-trodden path lead up to the stones. They form a ship with a stem stone in each end. Before them, inside the ship, are small flat stones. On the sea side, outside the ship at the stem stone, stands a small stone. They can certainly be interpreted in different ways depending on what one believes about the ship's operation. On a stone you see any gouges, cup holes. The stones look like rows of teeth. People wander around among them. Many photographers. Despite the climbing ban someone want to have a nice portrait picture standing on a stone. Maybe one should writing in English as well. After seeing the stone ship  do may sit and enjoy the sea views. The ship is located on a ridge that drops right steeply down to the sea. Beyond the ship towards the land is a field of flowers. There is a cattle grid into the place so I guess there might be animals here occasionally to graze the grass.

Certainly it is an interesting ancient monument. But somewhat overrated as excursion, I think it is. Everyone is going here, other equally or more interesting monumnets are rarely visited (at least compared with Ale's stones). I will not say much, I have been here myself a number of times over the years. Along with Kåseberga and Hammars hills is it a nice excursion.

Skåneleden passes Ales stones. Read (in swedish) about my walk and see pictures of it at:
Nybrostrand - Kåseberga