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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
Take a guided tour of the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles on North Ronaldsay.
Scapa Flow's landscape holds a treasure trove of natural, archaeological and cultural interest.
visit www.scapaflow.co for more information on the area.
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.
Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.
Monuments & Ruins
The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe.
The Brough of Birsay features the remains of a busy complex of Pictish, Norse and later settlements around Birsay Bay.
Get a glimpse of Orkney’s natural history and maritime past at this museum which sports a unique collection of artifacts.
Barony Mill is a working water-powered mill specializing in stone-ground bere meal and is open for tours between May and September.
The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.
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