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  • People admiring the Broch of Gurness, Evie
    Broch of Gurness, Evie
  • The causeway to the Brough of Birsay, West Mainland
    The causeway to the Brough of Birsay, West Mainland
  • Earls Palace in Kirkwall
    Earls Palace in Kirkwall
  • Looking over a field to Maeshowe, Stenness
    Maeshowe, Stenness
  • Looking onto Skara Brae at the beach of the Bay of Skaill
    Skara Brae

Step back in time by visiting Orkney’s monuments and ruins, which reveal thousands of years of history. Many of these monuments and ruins make up the Heart of Neolithic Orkney which is recognised as UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Discover prehistoric villages dating back 5,000 years, chambered tombs and palaces amongst the monuments and ruins of Orkney.

Use the information to plan a historic trip to these fascinating monuments and ruins in Orkney.

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  1. Broch of Gurness


    Monuments & Ruins


    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction


    The Broch of Gurness is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an Iron Age settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.

  2. Knap of Howar


    Historic Sites


    Papa Westray

    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.

  3. Brough of Birsay


    Monuments & Ruins



    The Brough of Birsay features the remains of a busy complex of Pictish, Norse and later settlements around Birsay Bay.


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