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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.
Hoy means 'High Island' from the Old Norse 'HAEY'.
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.
Get a glimpse of Orkney’s natural history and maritime past at this museum which sports a unique collection of artifacts.
Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5,000 years old.
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 most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.
Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.
Historic Buildings & Homes
Barony Mill is a working water-powered mill specializing in stone-ground bere meal and is open for tours between May and September.
One of the most famous sites in Orkney.
Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.
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