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Hackness Martello Tower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
Hackness Martello Tower (HS)

Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ

The tower, one of only three Martello Towers in Scotland, was built in 1815 to protect the Longhope anchorage from attacks…

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  • Tormiston Mill (HS)
    Tormiston Mill (HS)

    Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

    An excellent late example of a Scottish watermill, circa 1880, with a 4 metre diameter iron water wheel driving three...

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  • Knap O' Hower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Knap o' Howar (HS)

    Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Probably the oldest standing stone houses in Europe, dating from the early Neolithic period.

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  • Ring of Brodgar © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Ring of Brodgar (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    A magnificent circle of upright stones with an enclosing ditch spanned by causeways, dating to the late Neolithic period.

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  • Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    An oval cairn with concentric walls enclosing a Neolithic chambered tomb divided into three compartments. Access to chamber.

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  • Broch of Gurness © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Broch of Gurness (HS)

    Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH

    Surrounded by a warren of Iron Age buildings, this broch probably dates to the first century AD.

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    Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    A low mound covering a Neolithic chambered tomb with four cells. Contained the bones of men, dogs and oxen when discovered.

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  • Maes Howe © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Maes Howe (HS)

    Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA

    One of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe.

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    Skara Brae Prehistoric Village © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR

    One of best preserved prehistoric village in northen Europe. Discovered during a storm in 1850.

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    Noltland Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Noltland Castle (HS)

    Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17

    A fine, ruined Z-plan tower, built between 1560 and 1573 but never completed. Remarkable for its large number of gun loops.

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  • Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)
    Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17

    A fine Neolithic chambered cairn with three concentric walls and a burial chamber with three large cells.

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  • St Mary's Chapel (HS)
    St Mary's Chapel (HS)

    Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This simple 12th century building was once the chapel of a Christian Norse family.

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  • Stones of Stenness (HS)
    Stones of Stenness (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, KW17

    The remains of a stone circle around a hearth, surrounded by a circular earthen bank or henge.

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  • Click Mill, Dounby © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Click Mill, Dounby (HS)

    Dounby, Orkney, KW17

    The last surviving horizontal water mill in Orkney, of type well represented in Shetland and Lewis. In working order. It…

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  • Tomb of the Eagles
    Tomb of the Eagles

    Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW

    Outstanding 5,000 year old burial cairn, named after the Sea Eagles whose talons were found buried alongside human skeletons.

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    1 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
    2 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
    3 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    4 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    5 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    7 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
    9 Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR 5 stars
    10 Noltland Castle (HS) Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17
    11 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17
    12 St Mary's Chapel (HS) Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    13 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    14 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17
    15 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars

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