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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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  • 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...

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    • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars
    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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    • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars
    North Ronaldsay Lighthouse
    North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    At the northern end of the most northerly of the Orkney Islands and 42m (139ft) high this is the tallest land based...

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  • Stroma Lighthouse
    Stroma Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    With 60 known shipwrecks around the island this was a place that clearly needed to be avoided. In 1896 a lighthouse was...

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  • Dennis Head Lighthouse
    Dennis Head Lighthouse

    North Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17

    Built in 1789 on North Ronaldsay, this is the oldest lighthouse in the Northern Isles. It ceased operation in 1854 after...

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  • Stones of Stenness (HS)
    Stones of Stenness (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, KW17

    These tall and extraordinarily impressive standing stones were once part of a circle of twelve stones surrounded by deep...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rennibister Earth House    (HS)
    Rennibister Earth House (HS)

    Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This earth house, in a farm yard, was discovered in 1926 when a threshing machine went through its roof. The large oval...

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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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  • 1 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    2 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    3 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    4 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    5 North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    6 Stroma Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    7 Dennis Head Lighthouse North Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17
    8 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    9 Noup Head Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    10 Vinquoy Chambered Cairn Eday, Orkney, KW17
    11 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    12 Auskerry Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    13 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    15 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17

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