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Eynhallow Church (HS)

Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

St Magnus Church (HS)

Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

The complete but roofless ruin of a 12th century church with a round tower, situated on the site where St Magnus was…

Click Mill, Dounby (HS)

Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB

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

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.

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.

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...

Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A Neolithic chambered cairn with unusual arrangement of two burial chambers, one above the other.

Rennibister Earth House (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A good example of an Orkney earth house or underground storage vault. Dates from around 400BC. Access by ladder.

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.

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.

Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A fine Neolithic chambered cairn with three concentric walls and a burial chamber with three large cells.

Maes Howe (HS)

Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA

One of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

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.

1 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
3 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
4 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB
5 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
6 St Mary's Chapel (HS) Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
7 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
8 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
9 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
10 Noltland Castle (HS) Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17
11 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
12 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
14 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH
15 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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