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Historic Attractions in Orkney Islands

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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.

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.

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.

Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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

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.

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.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A huge and impressive megalithic chambered tomb of Neolithic date in an oval mound, with 12 stalls.

Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS)

Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A huge block of sandstone in which a Neolithic burial chamber has been cut. Access is very muddy.

Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS)

Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Tormiston Mill (HS)

Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

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

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

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.

Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

Click Mill, Dounby (HS)

Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB

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

1 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
3 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
4 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR 5 stars
6 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
7 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
8 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
9 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
10 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
11 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
12 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
13 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
14 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
15 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB

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