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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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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 Norse castle built in about 1150, is named after its first owner Kolbein (Krubbie) Hruga. A square tower, once three...

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  • Grain Earth House © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Grain Earth House (HS)

    Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Buried some 2 metres below the ground this well-built earth house has a narrow passage leading to an oval chamber.

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

    Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This outstanding tomb stands on Els Ness peninsula, a site of many burial mounds and smaller cairns. Quoyness has a splendid...

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  • Noltland Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Noltland Castle (HS)

    Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17

    With a fine ruined Z-plan tower, this impressive castle was built between 1560 and 1574 by Gilbert Balfour, from Fife. It...

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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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  • 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 crawling...

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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 outbreak...

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  • Sule Skerry Lighthouse
    Sule Skerry Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This is the most isolated lighthouse in the British Isles. It was built in 1895 on Sule Skerry a 35 acre island that lies...

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  • St Magnus Cathedral
    St Magnus Cathedral

    Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX

    This magnificent cathedral was dedicated to the Norse Earl, Magnus Erlendsson, murdered in 1116. The cathedral was founded,...

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  • Stromness
    Stromness

    Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This historic town developed during the 18th century after it was chosen by the Hudson's Bay Company as a base for...

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  • Pentland Skerries Lighthouse
    Pentland Skerries Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    In 1794 a lighthouse was built on the largest of this group of four uninhabited islands in the middle of the dangerous...

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  • Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    One of the remotest and most impressive of all the tombs on Orkney. It has a long central chamber containing twelve separate...

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  • 1 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    2 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    3 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    4 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    5 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 Noltland Castle (HS) Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17
    8 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 Sule Skerry Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    12 St Magnus Cathedral Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX
    13 Stromness Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Pentland Skerries Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    15 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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