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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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  • Tormiston Mill (HS)
    Tormiston Mill (HS)

    Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH

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

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  • St Mary's Chapel (HS)
    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.

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 1 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    2 Tormiston Mill (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HH
    3 St Mary's Chapel (HS) Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    4 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    5 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    6 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    7 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    8 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    9 Cubbie Row's Castle (HS) Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    10 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    11 Tomb of the Eagles Liddel, St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RW 4 stars
    12 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    13 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
    14 Earl's Palace (Birsay) (HS) Mainland, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2
    15 St Magnus Church (HS) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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