Historic sites in Orkney

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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. Stone of Setter

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Eday

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

  2. Ring of Brodgar

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stromness

    One of the finest stone circles in the world.

  3. St Magnus Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

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

  4. 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.

  5. Dwarfie Stane

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Hoy

    Welcome to Dwarfie Stane.

  6. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  7. Old Man of Hoy

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Hoy

    Hoy means 'High Island' from the Old Norse 'HAEY'.

  8. Skaill House

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dounby

    Orkney's finest 17th Century mansion, and home of the man who discovered Skara Brae. Covering thousands of years of Orkney history, a visit to Skaill House gives a valuable insight into Orkney's diverse and exciting past.

  9. The Orkney Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Kirkwall

    The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney from the Stone Age through the Picts and Vikings to the present day.

  10. Kirbuster Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Birsay

    Kirbuster is the last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe and was occupied right up until the 1960s.

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