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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.

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...

Click Mill, Dounby (HS)

Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB

The last surviving horizontal water mill in Orkney, of type well represented in Shetland and Lewis.

Cubbie Row's Castle (HS)

Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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

Grain Earth House (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Tormiston Mill (HS)

Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

An excellent late example of a Scottish watermill, circa 1880.

Midhowe Broch (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Knap o' Howar (HS)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

St Mary's Chapel (HS)

Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This simple 12th century building was once the chapel of a Christian Norse family.

Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD

Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall.

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Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

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.

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.

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.

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…

1 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
3 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB
4 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
6 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
7 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
8 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
9 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
10 St Mary's Chapel (HS) Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
11 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
12 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
14 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
15 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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