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  • Girl going into the Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay
    Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay

See for yourself what life was like at a variety of historic sites in Orkney.

These islands are full of historic attractions from chambered cairns and standing stones to naval barriers and brochs. At Orkney’s historic sites, you can find out what it was like to live in an Iron Age village and see artefacts placed in the Tomb of the Eagles, 5,000 years ago.

Use the information to plan a trip back in time at the historic sites in Orkney.

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  1. Churchill Barriers

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    Historic Sites

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    South Ronaldsay

    These four causeways were built after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak while it lay at harbour in Scapa Flow in October 1939.

  2. Stone of Setter

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    Eday

    The Setter Stone, erected thousands of years ago, is one of the tallest megaliths in Orkney.

  3. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

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    Historic Sites

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    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  4. Earl's Palace

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    Historic Sites

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    Birsay

    The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.

  5. Vat of Kirbister

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    Historic Sites

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    Stronsay

    The Vat of Kirbister was formed when the roof of a large sea cave collapsed.

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    Stenness

    One of the most famous sites in Orkney.

  7. Dwarfie Stane

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    Historic Sites

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    Hoy

    Welcome to Dwarfie Stane.

  8. Banks Chambered Tombs

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    Historic Sites

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    Orkney

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

  9. St Magnus Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Kirkwall

    Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.

  10. Knap of Howar

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    Historic Sites

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    Papa Westray

    Papa Westray is one of Orkney’s smaller isles, only about six square miles in extent, and much less hectic than its bigger neighbours in Orkney.

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