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Maes Howe (HS)

Stenness, Stromness

Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering. This chambered tomb, which sits on a platform encirled by a ditch, is a monument to the skill and beliefs of Orkney's people some 5,000 years ago. If you visit in midwinter - and the skies are clear - you can witness the central chamber illuminated by a shaft of light from the setting sun.

Maeshowe's unique story continued when it was broken into about 1,000 years ago by Norsemen. They left their mark in the astonishing runic graffiti, alongside the stunning 'Maeshower Lion' carving.

Access by guided tour only, with timed ticketing. Twilight Tours available from June to August. Car parking and tickets at nearby Tormiston Mill…

Opening Times

April to September, 9.30am - 5.30pm. October to March, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Booking in advance is required, please telephone to book.

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Rating

Visit Scotland
4 Stars

Contact

Maes Howe (HS)

Tormiston
Stenness
Stromness
Orkney
KW16 3HA
Phone: 01856 761 606
Email: customer@hes.scot
Website: http://www.historicenvironment.s...
Maes Howe © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk

Directions

9 miles west of Kirkwall on the A965.

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