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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. Midhowe Chambered Tomb

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Rousay

    Welcome to Midhowe Chambered Tomb

  2. Stone of Setter

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Eday

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

  3. Scapa Flow

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Scapa Flow's landscape holds a treasure trove of natural, archaeological and cultural interest. visit www.scapaflow.co for more information on the area.

  4. Gradings

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  5. Banks Chambered Tombs

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

  6. Gradings

    Stenness

    One of the most famous sites in Orkney.

  7. St Magnus Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

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

  8. Churchill Barriers

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    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.

  9. Ness of Brodgar

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stenness

    Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological site covering 2.5 hectares between the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site near Loch of Harray.

  10. Earl's Palace

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Birsay

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

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