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

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This long stalled cairn, protected by a modern roof, is divided into three compartments. The bones of 29 people were found…

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  • Click Mill, Dounby © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Click Mill, Dounby (HS)

    Dounby, Orkney, KW17

    The last surviving horizontal water mill in Orkney, of type well represented in Shetland and Lewis. In working order. It…

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

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Protected by a modern structure, this huge tomb, 23 metres in length is divided by upright slabs into twelve compartments…

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

    Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This 12th century church was only discovered in 1851 after the roofs of some houses were stripped off following an...

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  • Midhowe Broch © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Midhowe Broch (HS)

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Standing on a promontory and protected by a massive rampart, the broch and its associated buildings are very…

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  • Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS)
    Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS)

    Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2

    This once magnificent palace was built in the late 16th century for Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney. Separate flower, herb…

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

    Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    A magnificent chambered cairn with a beautifully constructed inner chamber containing four side cells. Reached by...

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  • Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn  (HS)
    Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Rousay, Orkney, KW17

    A most unusual double storeyed chambered cairn. Each chamber has its own separate entrance.

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  • 1 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    2 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    3 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    4 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17
    5 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
    6 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    7 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS) Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2
    11 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    12 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    13 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
    14 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    15 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, KW17

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