Historic attractions in Orkney

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  • People admiring the Broch of Gurness, Evie
    Broch of Gurness, Evie
  • The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney
    The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall
    Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall
  • Skara Brae, Sandwick
    Skara Brae, Sandwick
  • St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
    St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

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.

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  1. Stone of Setter

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    Historic Sites

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    Eday

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

  2. Midhowe Chambered Tomb

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Rousay

    Welcome to Midhowe Chambered Tomb

  3. The Orkney Museum

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    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.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    South Ronaldsay

    Enjoy a unique hands-on link to the past. Visitor Centre talks, displays & artefacts guide you through 6000 years of Orkney's pre-history since the last Ice Age. Stunning coastal walk. Gift shop, hot drinks, snacks & picnic area.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Old Man of Hoy

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Hoy

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

  8. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  9. St Peter's Kirk - Orkney

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Sandwick

    Visit this restored 19th century Scots Presbyterian Kirk on the remote Bay of Skaill.

  10. Earl's Palace

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    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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