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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.

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.

Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A mound covering a stone burial chamber divided by slabs into five compartments. Of Neolithic date. Access to chamber.

Midhowe Broch (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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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  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

Rennibister Earth House (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A good example of an Orkney earth house or underground storage vault. Dates from around 400BC. Access by ladder.

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR

One of best preserved prehistoric village in northen Europe. Discovered during a storm in 1850.

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  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 5 stars

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…

Stones of Stenness (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

The remains of a stone circle around a hearth, surrounded by a circular earthen bank or henge.

Tormiston Mill (HS)

Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

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

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.

Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A massive tomb with long, narrow chamber divided into three, with 14 beehive cells opening onto the walls.

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.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

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...

Eynhallow Church (HS)

Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Ruined 12th century monastic church and post-medieval domestic buildings.

1 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
3 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
4 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
6 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
7 Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR 5 stars
8 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
9 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
10 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
11 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
12 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
14 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
15 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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