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Historic Attractions in Orkney Islands

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Click Mill, Dounby (HS)

Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB

The last surviving horizontal water mill in Orkney, of type well represented in Shetland and Lewis.

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.

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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Cubbie Row's Castle (HS)

Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This is one of the earliest stone castles to survive in Scotland, built in about 1145.

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.

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  • 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.

Tormiston Mill (HS)

Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

An excellent late example of a Scottish watermill, circa 1880.

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.

Knap o' Howar (HS)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS)

Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A huge block of sandstone in which a Neolithic burial chamber has been cut. Access is very muddy.

Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A huge and impressive megalithic chambered tomb of Neolithic date in an oval mound, with 12 stalls.

Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS)

Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A megalithic tomb with triple retaining walls, containing a passage and main chamber.

Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS)

Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2

The gaunt remains of the residence of Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney, constructed in the late 16th century round a courtyard.

1 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB
2 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
3 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
4 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
6 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
7 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
8 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
9 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH
10 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
11 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
12 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
14 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
15 Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS) Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2

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