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Orkney is home to remarkable history attractions, none more significant than the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The UNESCO site is made up of four seperate historic sites which you can visit - Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe and the Stones of Stenness.
Visit a number of religious buildings from the cathedral built by a Viking earl in honour of his uncle, to a chapel built in a nissen hut by Italian Prisoners of War. See inside the island's finest mansion and admire family heirlooms or walk around one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an Iron Age village.
You can also explore a number of museums in Orkney - see the Neolithic carving of the Westray Stone, hear stories from both World Wars and Orkney's involvement, or follow the islands' timeline from Neolithic times right through to the present day.
Explore a number of exciting and unrivalled history attractions in Orkney.
The Setter Stone, erected thousands of years ago, is one of the tallest megaliths in Orkney.
Historic Buildings & Homes
Hackness Martello Tower and Battery are part of the extensive military remains on the island of Hoy.
Monuments & Ruins
These palaces near St Magnus Cathedral are regarded as two of the finest examples of architecture in Scotland and highlight Orkney’s strong Norse and ecclesiastical links....
The Brough of Birsay features the remains of a busy complex of Pictish, Norse and later settlements around Birsay Bay.
Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys
Visit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italian POWs during the Second World War.
Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.
The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.
Welcome to Dwarfie Stane.
The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe.
This small museum located in the village of Pierowall provides a fascinating insight into the natural and human history of the isle of Westray.
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