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Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

An oval cairn with concentric walls enclosing a Neolithic chambered tomb.

Brough of Birsay (HS)

Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH

On this island, easily accessible at low tide, there was once a major Pictish and Viking settlement.

Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS)

Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A megalithic tomb with triple retaining walls, containing a passage and main chamber.

Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)

Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A low mound covering a Neolithic chambered tomb with four cells. Contained the bones of men, dogs and oxen when discovered.

Knap o' Howar (HS)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Probably the oldest standing stone houses in Europe, dating from the early Neolithic period.

Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A mound covering a stone burial chamber divided by slabs into five compartments. Of Neolithic date. Access to chamber.

Click Mill, Dounby (HS)

Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB

The last surviving horizontal water mill in Orkney, of type well represented in Shetland and Lewis.

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR

One of best preserved prehistoric village in northen Europe. Discovered during a storm in 1850.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 5 stars

Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD

Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall.

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Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

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.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

Ring of Brodgar (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A magnificent circle of upright stones with an enclosing ditch spanned by causeways, dating to the late Neolithic period.

Cubbie Row's Castle (HS)

Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This is one of the earliest stone castles to survive in Scotland, built in about 1145.

Eynhallow Church (HS)

Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Ruined 12th century monastic church and post-medieval domestic buildings.

Tormiston Mill (HS)

Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

An excellent late example of a Scottish watermill, circa 1880.

Noltland Castle (HS)

Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17

A fine, ruined Z-plan tower, built between 1560 and 1573 but never completed. Remarkable for its large number of gun loops.

1 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH
3 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
4 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
6 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
7 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB
8 Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR 5 stars
9 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
10 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
11 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
12 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
14 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
15 Noltland Castle (HS) Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17

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