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Noltland Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
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.

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

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

    Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    A well-built Iron Age earth house or underground chamber, supported on stone pillars.

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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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    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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  • Midhowe Broch © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Midhowe Broch (HS)

    Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

    A well-preserved boch, with remains of later buildings round it.

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

    Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Click Mill, Dounby © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Click Mill, Dounby (HS)

    Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB

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

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  • Eynhallow Church © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Eynhallow Church (HS)

    Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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  • 1 Noltland Castle (HS) Near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17
    2 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    3 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    4 Hackness Martello Tower (HS) Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3PQ
    5 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    8 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    12 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    13 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Click Mill, Dounby (HS) Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2JB
    15 Eynhallow Church (HS) Eynhallow Island, Nr Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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