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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.

Midhowe Broch (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS)

Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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...

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…

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.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

Knap o' Howar (HS)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Grain Earth House (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

1 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
2 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
3 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH
4 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
6 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
7 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
8 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
9 Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS) Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2
10 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (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 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
14 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
15 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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