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Historic Attractions in Orkney Islands

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Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Midhowe Broch (HS)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

Grain Earth House (HS)

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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.

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.

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.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

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.

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR

One of best preserved prehistoric village in northen Europe. Discovered during a storm in 1850.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 5 stars

Maes Howe (HS)

Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA

One of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe.

Ratings:
  • Visit Scotland Reviews Available 4 stars

Ring of Brodgar (HS)

Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A magnificent circle of upright stones with an enclosing ditch spanned by causeways, dating to the late Neolithic period.

1 Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
3 Holm of Papa Westray Chambered Cairn (HS) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
4 Brough of Birsay (HS) Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2NH
5 Dwarfie Stane Tomb (HS) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
6 Midhowe Broch (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
7 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
8 Grain Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
9 Unstan Chambered Cairn (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
10 Midhowe Chambered Cairn (HS) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
11 Broch of Gurness (HS) Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH 4 stars
12 Rennibister Earth House (HS) Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS) Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LR 5 stars
14 Maes Howe (HS) Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3HA 4 stars
15 Ring of Brodgar (HS) Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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