Historic attractions in Orkney

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  • People admiring the Broch of Gurness, Evie
    Broch of Gurness, Evie
  • The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney
    The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall
    Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall
  • Skara Brae, Sandwick
    Skara Brae, Sandwick
  • St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
    St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

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.

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  1. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

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

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    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Harray

    Corrigall Farm Museum is a traditional ‘but and ben’ house that portrays a typical Orkney farmhouse and steading in the late 19th century.

  3. The Pier Arts Centre

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    Arts Centres

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    • 5 Arts Venue
    5 Arts Venue

    Stromness

    Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.

  4. Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Orkney

    Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5,000 years old.

  5. Vat of Kirbister

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    Historic Sites

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    Stronsay

    The Vat of Kirbister was formed when the roof of a large sea cave collapsed.

  6. The Heritage Centre

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    Museums

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    Sanday

    Sanday Heritage Centre is situated on the outskirts of Lady Village. Located within Temperance Hall, the centre displays some of Sanday’s natural and man-made treasures and showcases some of the community’s history.

  7. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Birsay

    Kirbuster is the last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe and was occupied right up until the 1960s.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Westray

    This small museum located in the village of Pierowall provides a fascinating insight into the natural and human history of the isle of Westray.

  9. Hackness Martello Tower and Battery

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Orkney

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

  10. Broch of Gurness

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Orkney

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

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