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  • North Ronaldsay Lighthouse
    North Ronaldsay Lighthouse
  • North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Visitor Centre
    North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Visitor Centre
  • The dining room of Skaill House, Mainland
    The dining room of Skaill House, Mainland

Discover a variety of diverse historic buildings in Orkney from a grand stately home to an impressive lighthouse.

Each historic property has a different story to reveal to you - imagine life as a lighthouse keeper, a military man or a miller.

Plan your visit to Orkney’s historic buildings and homes using the detailed listings.

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  1. The Orkney Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Kirkwall

    The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney from the Stone Age through the Picts and Vikings to the present day.

  2. Skaill House

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dounby

    Orkney's finest 17th Century mansion, and home of the man who discovered Skara Brae. Covering thousands of years of Orkney history, a visit to Skaill House gives a valuable insight into Orkney's diverse and exciting past.

  3. Barony Mill

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Birsay

    Barony Mill is a working water-powered mill specializing in stone-ground bere meal and is open for tours between May and September.

  4. Hackness Martello Tower and Battery

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Hackness Martello Tower and Battery are part of the extensive military remains on the island of Hoy.

  5. Start Point Lighthouse

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Sanday

    The first beacon to mark the Start Point on the Orkney island of Sanday was an unlit masonry tower, but this beacon proved inadequate as ships continued to be wrecked on the island.

  6. St Magnus Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Orkney

    The museum tells the story of the naval anchorage in the First and Second World Wars.

  9. The North Ronaldsay Trust - Lighthouse Tours

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Take a guided tour of the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles on North Ronaldsay.

  10. Banks Chambered Tombs

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

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