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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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  • 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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    • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars
    Unstan Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, KW17

    A long chambered cairn, with the burial compartments divided by upright slabs. A large quantity of distinctly shaped and...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kirkwall
    Kirkwall

    Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Established by the Vikings, this attractive town with its narrow streets, 12th century cathedral, Bishop's and Earl's...

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  • St Boniface
    St Boniface

    Papa Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BU

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  • Tormiston Mill (HS)
    Tormiston Mill (HS)

    Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

    An excellent late example of a Scottish watermill, circa 1880, with a 4 metre diameter iron water wheel driving three pairs...

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  • Orkney Fossil and Vintage Centre
    Orkney Fossil and Vintage Centre

    Viewforth, Burray, Orkney, KW17 2SX

    A superb collection of Orkney fossil fish, vintage photographs and artefacts. Gift shop and cafeteria.

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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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  • 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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    • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars
    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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  • 1 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    2 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    3 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    4 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    5 Auskerry Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    6 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Scapa Flow Visitor Centre Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands, KW16 3NU
    9 Kirkwall Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 St Boniface Papa Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BU
    11 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
    12 Orkney Fossil and Vintage Centre Viewforth, Burray, Orkney, KW17 2SX
    13 Pentland Skerries Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    14 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    15 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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