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Historic Attractions in Orkney Islands

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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.

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)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A good example of an Orkney earth house or underground storage vault. Dates from around 400BC. Access by ladder.

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.

Brough of Birsay (HS)

Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH

On this island, easily accessible at low tide, there was once a major Pictish and Viking settlement.

Knap o' Howar (HS)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS)

Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

Grain Earth House (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

Midhowe Broch (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

1 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
3 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
4 Stones of Stenness (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH
6 Knap o' Howar (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
7 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
8 Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
9 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
10 Quoyness Chambered Cairn (HS) Sanday, Orkney, Scotland, UK
11 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
12 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
14 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
15 St Mary's Chapel (HS) Isle of Wyre, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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