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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
    St Boniface
    St Boniface

    Papa Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BU

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  • Knap O' Hower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Knap o' Howar (HS)

    Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This well preserved farmstead c 2800 BC - 3700 BC was discovered in the 1930s buried under 4 metres of wind-blown sand. The...

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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
    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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  • St Mary's Chapel (HS)
    St Mary's Chapel (HS)

    Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This simple 12th century building was once the chapel of a Christian Norse family.

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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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  • Stones of Stenness (HS)
    Stones of Stenness (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, KW17

    These tall and extraordinarily impressive standing stones were once part of a circle of twelve stones surrounded by deep...

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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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    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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  • 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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  • Balfour Castle
    Balfour Castle

    Shapinsay, Orkney, KW17 2DY

    This impressive mansion was built between 1846 and 1850 for David Balfour. It is little changed from Balfour's time.

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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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  • 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 St Boniface Papa Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BU
    5 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    7 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 St Mary's Chapel (HS) Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
    10 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    11 Italian Chapel Lambholm, Orkney, KW17 3 stars
    12 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW17
    13 Kirkwall Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Balfour Castle Shapinsay, Orkney, KW17 2DY
    15 Pentland Skerries Lighthouse Scotland, UK

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