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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'.
The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.
Monuments & Ruins
The Broch of Gurness is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an Iron Age settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.
Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys
Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.
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.
Historic Buildings & Homes
See inside the finest mansion in Orkney and experience 5,000 years of history at Skaill House.
Welcome to the Gloup and Mull Head reserve in Deerness, Orkney.
The Vat of Kirbister was formed when the roof of a large sea cave collapsed.
Corrigall Farm Museum is a traditional ‘but and ben’ house that portrays a typical Orkney farmhouse and steading in the late 19th century.
Take a guided tour of the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles on North Ronaldsay.
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