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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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  • 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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    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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  • Auskerry Lighthouse
    Auskerry Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This tall lighthouse, 34m (112ft) high, on the low flat island of Auskerry was built in 1866. It was bombed by German...

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

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Protected by a modern structure, this huge tomb, 23 metres in length is divided by upright slabs into twelve compartments....

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  • The Italian Chapel
    Italian Chapel

    Lambholm, Orkney, KW17

    This delightful chapel was built in 1943-45 by Italian prisoners of war, then working on the Churchill Barriers. It is...

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    • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 3 stars
    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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  • St Magnus Cathedral
    St Magnus Cathedral

    Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX

    This magnificent cathedral was dedicated to the Norse Earl, Magnus Erlendsson, murdered in 1116. The cathedral was founded,...

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  • Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS)
    Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS)

    Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2

    This once magnificent palace was built in the late 16th century for Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney. Separate flower, herb...

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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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  • Balfour Castle
    Balfour Castle

    Shapinsay, Orkney, KW17 2DY

    This impressive mansion was built between 1846 and 1850 for David Balfour. It is little changed from Balfour's time.

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

    Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR

    The best preserved prehistoric village in northen Europe, with eight dwellings linked by low alleyways. The beautifully...

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    • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 5 stars
    1 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    2 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    3 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    4 Auskerry Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    5 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
    6 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
    7 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Italian Chapel Lambholm, Orkney, KW17 3 stars
    9 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 St Magnus Cathedral Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX
    11 Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS) Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2
    12 Copinsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    13 Balfour Castle Shapinsay, Orkney, KW17 2DY
    14 Vinquoy Chambered Cairn Eday, Orkney, KW17
    15 Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR 5 stars

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