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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 impressive...

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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 built...

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    Auskerry Lighthouse
    Auskerry Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This tall lighthouse, 34m (112ft) high, on the low flat island of Auskerry was built in 1866. It was bombed by German...

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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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  • 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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  • Dennis Head Lighthouse
    Dennis Head Lighthouse

    North Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17

    Built in 1789 on North Ronaldsay, this is the oldest lighthouse in the Northern Isles. It ceased operation in 1854 after...

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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 is...

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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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  • The Italian Chapel
    Italian Chapel

    Lambholm, Orkney, KW17

    This delightful chapel was built in 1943-45 by Italian prisoners of war, then working on the Churchill Barriers. It is...

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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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  • Dwarfie Stane Tomb © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS)

    Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This extraordinary tomb has been hollowed out of a solid block of sandstone. Outside the entrance is the original blocking...

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  • 1 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    2 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    3 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    4 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    5 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
    7 Auskerry Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    8 St Magnus Cathedral Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX
    9 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Dennis Head Lighthouse North Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17
    11 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17
    12 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, KW17
    13 Italian Chapel Lambholm, Orkney, KW17 3 stars
    14 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17
    15 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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