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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.
Historic Buildings & Homes
Hackness Martello Tower and Battery are part of the extensive military remains on the island of Hoy.
The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney from the Stone Age through the Picts and Vikings to the present day.
Welcome to the Gloup and Mull Head reserve in Deerness, Orkney.
One of the most famous sites in Orkney.
Get a glimpse of Orkney’s natural history and maritime past at this museum which sports a unique collection of artifacts.
See inside the finest mansion in Orkney and experience 5,000 years of history at Skaill House.
Monuments & Ruins
These palaces near St Magnus Cathedral are regarded as two of the finest examples of architecture in Scotland and highlight Orkney’s strong Norse and ecclesiastical links.
Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.
The Brough of Birsay features the remains of a busy complex of Pictish, Norse and later settlements around Birsay Bay.
One of the finest stone circles in the world.
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