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

    Stromness, Orkney, KW17

    A long chambered cairn, with the burial compartments divided by upright slabs. A large quantity of distinctly shaped and…

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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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    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

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

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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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    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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  • 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...

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

    Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This great stone circle surrounded by a massive ditch, once 3 metres deep and 10 metres wide, is one of the most...

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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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  • 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 1 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    2 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    3 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    4 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    5 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    7 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
    8 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
    9 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
    10 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    12 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
    13 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17
    15 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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