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Hackness Martello Tower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
Hackness Martello Tower (HS)

Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ

The tower, one of only three Martello Towers in Scotland, was built in 1815 to protect the Longhope anchorage.

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  • Midhowe Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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.

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  • Stones of Stenness (HS)
    Stones of Stenness (HS)

    Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    The remains of a stone circle around a hearth, surrounded by a circular earthen bank or henge.

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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, Scotland, UK

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

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  • St Magnus Church © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    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…

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  • Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn  (HS)
    Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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  • Knap O' Hower © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Knap o' Howar (HS)

    Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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

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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

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

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  • Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS)

    Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    A massive tomb with long, narrow chamber divided into three, with 14 beehive cells opening onto the walls.

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  • Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS)
    Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS)

    Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2

    The gaunt remains of the residence of Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney, constructed in the late 16th century round a courtyard.

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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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    Rennibister Earth House    (HS)
    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.

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  • Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS)
    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.

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  • 1 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
    2 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    3 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    4 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    5 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    12 Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS) Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2
    13 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
    14 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    15 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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