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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.
Orkney’s wartime history is strongly represented in a museum collection that spans the development of wireless in Orkney from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.
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.
Hoy means 'High Island' from the Old Norse 'HAEY'.
One of the finest stone circles in the world.
One of the most famous sites in Orkney.
Get a glimpse of Orkney’s natural history and maritime past at this museum which sports a unique collection of artifacts.
Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.
The museum tells the story of the naval anchorage in the First and Second World Wars.
Historic Buildings & Homes
Take a guided tour of the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles on North Ronaldsay.
Hackness Martello Tower and Battery are part of the extensive military remains on the island of Hoy.
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