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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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    Grain Earth House © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Grain Earth House (HS)

    Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    Buried some 2 metres below the ground this well-built earth house has a narrow passage leading to an oval chamber.

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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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  • Quoyness Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    This outstanding tomb stands on Els Ness peninsula, a site of many burial mounds and smaller cairns. Quoyness has a splendid...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • St Magnus Cathedral
    St Magnus Cathedral

    Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX

    This magnificent cathedral was dedicated to the Norse Earl, Magnus Erlendsson, murdered in 1116. The cathedral was founded,...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 1 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    2 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, KW17 2
    3 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    4 Bishop's and Earl's Palace (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PD 4 stars
    5 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Cantick Head Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    9 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 St Magnus Cathedral Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX
    12 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
    13 Stroma Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    14 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    15 Orkney Fossil and Vintage Centre Viewforth, Burray, Orkney, KW17 2SX

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