Historic sites in Orkney

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  • Girl going into the Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay
    Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay

See for yourself what life was like at a variety of historic sites in Orkney.

These islands are full of historic attractions from chambered cairns and standing stones to naval barriers and brochs. At Orkney’s historic sites, you can find out what it was like to live in an Iron Age village and see artefacts placed in the Tomb of the Eagles, 5,000 years ago.

Use the information to plan a trip back in time at the historic sites in Orkney.

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  1. Earl's Palace

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    Historic Sites

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    Birsay

    The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.

  2. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

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    Historic Sites

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    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  3. Old Man of Hoy

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    Historic Sites

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    Hoy

    Hoy means 'High Island' from the Old Norse 'HAEY'.

  4. Midhowe Chambered Tomb

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    Historic Sites

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    Rousay

    Welcome to Midhowe Chambered Tomb

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

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

  6. Churchill Barriers

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    Historic Sites

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    South Ronaldsay

    These four causeways were built after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak while it lay at harbour in Scapa Flow in October 1939.

  7. Gloup & Mull Head Reserve

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    Historic Sites

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    Deerness

    Welcome to the Gloup and Mull Head reserve in Deerness, Orkney.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    South Ronaldsay

    Enjoy a unique hands-on link to the past. Visitor Centre talks, displays & artefacts guide you through 6000 years of Orkney's pre-history since the last Ice Age. Stunning coastal walk. Gift shop, hot drinks, snacks & picnic area.

  9. Ness of Brodgar

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

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    Stenness

    The Ness of Brodgar is the excavation of a massive Neolithic walled enclosure that contains numerous well preserved monumental stone buildings on an unparalleled scale –best known from its media coverage as Orkney’s Neolithic Cathedral’.

  10. Ring of Brodgar

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    Historic Sites

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    Stromness

    One of the finest stone circles in the world.

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