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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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  • Broch of Gurness © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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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    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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    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

    The Bishop's Palace is a 12th century hall-house, with a round tower added in 1541-48. The adjacent Earl's Palace was built...

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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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  • Pentland Skerries Lighthouse
    Pentland Skerries Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    In 1794 a lighthouse was built on the largest of this group of four uninhabited islands in the middle of the dangerous...

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

    Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    One of the finest early churches on Orkney. Its 12th century tower was once considerably higher. The Norse Earl, Magnus...

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  • Knap O' Hower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Knap o' Howar (HS)

    Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This well preserved farmstead c 2800 BC - 3700 BC was discovered in the 1930s buried under 4 metres of wind-blown sand. The...

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  • Noup Head Lighthouse
    Noup Head Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This 1898 lighthouse, built at the edge of spectacular 79m (260ft) high cliffs on the Island of Westray, was the first to...

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

    Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17

    This well-preserved tomb, has a large main chamber and three side cells. Entrance is now through a hatch in the roof....

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  • Cantick Head Lighthouse
    Cantick Head Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This lighthouse on South Walls was built in 1858. It marks the entrance to Scapa Flow one of the great natural harbours of...

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  • St Boniface
    St Boniface

    Papa Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BU

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

    Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This outstanding tomb stands on Els Ness peninsula, a site of many burial mounds and smaller cairns. Quoyness has a splendid...

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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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    1 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    2 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    3 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    4 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    5 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
    6 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    7 Pentland Skerries Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    8 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Noup Head Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    11 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17
    12 Cantick Head Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    13 St Boniface Papa Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BU
    14 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    15 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars

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