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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'.
See an intriguing collection of rare fossils from Orkney and around the world and learn more about the heritage of the Orkney Isles.
Historic Buildings & Homes
Hackness Martello Tower and Battery are part of the extensive military remains on the island of Hoy.
Scapa Flow's landscape holds a treasure trove of natural, archaeological and cultural interest.
Visit www.scapaflowwrecks.com for more information on the area.
Papa Westray is one of Orkney’s smaller isles, only about six square miles in extent, and much less hectic than its bigger neighbours in Orkney.
Get a glimpse of Orkney’s natural history and maritime past at this museum which sports a unique collection of artifacts.
The Setter Stone, erected thousands of years ago, is one of the tallest megaliths 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.
Corrigall Farm Museum is a traditional ‘but and ben’ house that portrays a typical Orkney farmhouse and steading in the late 19th century.
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.
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