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Brough of Birsay Lighthouse © Copyright Ian Cowe
Brough of Birsay Lighthouse

Scotland, UK

This unusual lighthouse with its castellated tower was built in 1925. It is now solar powered. The tidal Island once had a...

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  • Cubbie Row's Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Cubbie Row's Castle (HS)

    Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2

    This Norse castle built in about 1150, is named after its first owner Kolbein (Krubbie) Hruga. A square tower, once three...

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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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    • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars
    Knap O' Hower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Knap o' Howar (HS)

    Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This well preserved farmstead c 2800 BC - 3700 BC was discovered in the 1930s buried under 4 metres of wind-blown sand. The...

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  • North Ronaldsay Lighthouse
    North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    At the northern end of the most northerly of the Orkney Islands and 42m (139ft) high this is the tallest land based...

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  • Copinsay Lighthouse
    Copinsay Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This cliff top lighthouse was built in 1915 at the request of the Admiralty to mark an approach from the north to the naval...

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  • Kirkwall
    Kirkwall

    Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Established by the Vikings, this attractive town with its narrow streets, 12th century cathedral, Bishop's and Earl's...

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

    Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA

    The finest megalithic tomb in the British Isles, built in Neolithic times before 2700 BC. Runic inscriptions tell of how...

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    Vinquoy Chambered Cairn
    Vinquoy Chambered Cairn

    Eday, Orkney, KW17

    This well-preserved chambered cairn is built of massive blocks of stone. It has a large central chamber with four side cells.

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

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Standing on a promontory and protected by a massive rampart, the broch and its associated buildings are very well-preserved....

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  • Scapa Flow Visitor Centre
    Scapa Flow Visitor Centre

    Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands, KW16 3NU

    Displays in the naval base pumphouse tell the story of Scapa Flow in two world wars.

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  • Eynhallow Church © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Eynhallow Church (HS)

    Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This 12th century church was only discovered in 1851 after the roofs of some houses were stripped off following an outbreak...

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  • Brough of Birsay © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Brough of Birsay (HS)

    Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    On this island, easily accessible at low tide, there was once a major Pictish and Viking settlement. The ruins of a 12th...

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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 pairs...

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  • Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn  (HS)
    Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Rousay, Orkney, KW17

    A most unusual double storeyed chambered cairn. Each chamber has its own separate entrance.

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  • 1 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    2 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    3 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    4 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    5 North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    6 Copinsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    7 Kirkwall Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
    9 Vinquoy Chambered Cairn Eday, Orkney, KW17
    10 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 Scapa Flow Visitor Centre Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands, KW16 3NU
    12 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    13 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
    15 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, KW17

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