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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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  • 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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    Churchill Barriers
    Churchill Barriers

    South of Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    The barriers were built in 1941-43 to stop German submarines reaching the British naval base in Scapa Flow. The 66,000 ten...

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  • Vinquoy Chambered Cairn
    Vinquoy Chambered Cairn

    Eday, Orkney, KW17

    This well-preserved chambered cairn is built of massive blocks of stone. It has a large central chamber with four side cells.

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  • North Ronaldsay Lighthouse
    North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    At the northern end of the most northerly of the Orkney Islands and 42m (139ft) high this is the tallest land based...

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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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  • Hackness Martello Tower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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 from attacks...

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  • Scapa Flow Visitor Centre
    Scapa Flow Visitor Centre

    Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands, KW16 3NU

    Displays in the naval base pumphouse tell the story of Scapa Flow in two world wars.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Broch of Gurness © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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.

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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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  • 1 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    2 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    3 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    4 Churchill Barriers South of Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    5 Vinquoy Chambered Cairn Eday, Orkney, KW17
    6 North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    7 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
    9 Scapa Flow Visitor Centre Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands, KW16 3NU
    10 Auskerry Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    11 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    12 Sule Skerry Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    13 St Magnus Cathedral Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX
    14 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    15 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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