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Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS)
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.

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  • Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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.

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  • Grain Earth House © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Grain Earth House (HS)

    Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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

    Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2

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

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  • Hackness Martello Tower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Hackness Martello Tower (HS)

    Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ

    The tower, one of only three Martello Towers in Scotland, was built in 1815 to protect the Longhope anchorage from attacks…

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  • Ring of Brodgar © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Ring of Brodgar (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    A magnificent circle of upright stones with an enclosing ditch spanned by causeways, dating to the late Neolithic period.

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

    Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA

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

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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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  • 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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  • Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)
    Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17

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

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  • 1 Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS) Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2
    2 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    3 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    4 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    5 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    8 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    10 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
    11 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    12 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
    13 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    15 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17

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