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. 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. The North Ronaldsay Trust - Lighthouse Tours

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Orkney

    Take a guided tour of the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles on North Ronaldsay.

  3. Start Point Lighthouse

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Sanday

    Welcome to Start Point Lighthouse

  4. 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.

  5. Barony Mill

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Birsay

    Barony Mill is a working water-powered mill specializing in stone-ground bere meal and is open for tours between May and September.

  6. 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.

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    • 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.

  8. Ness of Brodgar

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    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’.

  9. The Orkney Museum

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    Museums

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    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Kirkwall

    The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney from the Stone Age through the Picts and Vikings to the present day.

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    Stenness

    One of the most famous sites in Orkney.

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