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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.
The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney from the Stone Age through the Picts and Vikings to the present day.
Monuments & Ruins
Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5,000 years old.
Scapa Flow's landscape holds a treasure trove of natural, archaeological and cultural interest.
Visit www.scapaflowwrecks.com for more information on the area.
Kirbuster is the last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe and was occupied right up until the 1960s.
The museum tells the story of the naval anchorage in the First and Second World Wars.
Corrigall Farm Museum is a traditional ‘but and ben’ house that portrays a typical Orkney farmhouse and steading in the late 19th century.
One of the finest stone circles in the world.
This small museum located in the village of Pierowall provides a fascinating insight into the natural and human history of the isle of Westray.
These four causeways were built after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak while it lay at harbour in Scapa Flow in October 1939.
Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys
Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.
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