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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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  • 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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    Bishop's And Earl's Palace © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS)

    Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD

    The Bishop's Palace is a 12th century hall-house, with a round tower added in 1541-48. The adjacent Earl's Palace was built...

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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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    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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  • Stroma Lighthouse
    Stroma Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    With 60 known shipwrecks around the island this was a place that clearly needed to be avoided. In 1896 a lighthouse was...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Start Point Lighthouse
    Start Point Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This lighthouse on the island of Sanday was built in 1806 to replace the then ineffective light on North Ronaldsay. It was...

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  • 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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  • Dwarfie Stane Tomb © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS)

    Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This extraordinary tomb has been hollowed out of a solid block of sandstone. Outside the entrance is the original blocking...

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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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  • Skara Brae Prehistoric Village © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR

    The best preserved prehistoric village in northen Europe, with eight dwellings linked by low alleyways. The beautifully...

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    1 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    2 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    3 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
    4 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    5 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    6 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    7 Stroma Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    8 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    10 Kirkwall Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 Start Point Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    12 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    13 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Balfour Castle Shapinsay, Orkney, KW17 2DY
    15 Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR 5 stars

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