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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
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cantick Head Lighthouse
    Cantick Head Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This lighthouse on South Walls was built in 1858. It marks the entrance to Scapa Flow one of the great natural harbours of...

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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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  • Brough of Birsay © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Brough of Birsay (HS)

    Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    On this island, easily accessible at low tide, there was once a major Pictish and Viking settlement. The ruins of a 12th...

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  • Midhowe Broch © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Midhowe Broch (HS)

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Standing on a promontory and protected by a massive rampart, the broch and its associated buildings are very well-preserved....

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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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  • 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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    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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  • Maes Howe © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Maes Howe (HS)

    Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA

    The finest megalithic tomb in the British Isles, built in Neolithic times before 2700 BC. Runic inscriptions tell of how...

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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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  • 1 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    2 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    3 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    4 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17
    5 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 Cantick Head Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    8 Scapa Flow Visitor Centre Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands, KW16 3NU
    9 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17
    12 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    13 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, KW17
    14 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
    15 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

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