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Historic Attractions in Orkney Islands

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Grain Earth House (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A well-built Iron Age earth house or underground chamber, supported on stone pillars.

St Magnus Church (HS)

Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

The complete but roofless ruin of a 12th century church with a round tower, situated on the site where St Magnus was…

Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A massive tomb with long, narrow chamber divided into three, with 14 beehive cells opening onto the walls.

Knap o' Howar (HS)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Brough of Birsay (HS)

Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH

On this island, easily accessible at low tide, there was once a major Pictish and Viking settlement.

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.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A Neolithic chambered cairn with unusual arrangement of two burial chambers, one above the other.

Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

An oval cairn with concentric walls enclosing a Neolithic chambered tomb.

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.

Maes Howe (HS)

Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA

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

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

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.

Rennibister Earth House (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A good example of an Orkney earth house or underground storage vault. Dates from around 400BC. Access by ladder.

Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD

Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall.

Reviews:
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Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

Stones of Stenness (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

1 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
3 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
4 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH
6 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
7 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
8 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
9 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
10 St Mary's Chapel (HS) Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
11 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
12 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
14 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
15 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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