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

    Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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  • Midhowe Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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.

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  • Bishop's And Earl's Palace © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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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    Rennibister Earth House    (HS)
    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.

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

    Stromness, Orkney, KW17

    A mound covering a stone burial chamber divided by slabs into five compartments. Of Neolithic date. Access to chamber.

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

    Rousay, Orkney, KW17

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

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  • St Magnus Church © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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…

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

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    A well-preserved boch, with remains of later buildings round it.

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

    Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Ruined 12th century monastic church and post-medieval domestic buildings.

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  • 1 Noltland Castle (HS) Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17
    2 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    3 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    4 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    5 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
    6 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    8 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, KW17
    9 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    11 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17
    12 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    13 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    15 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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