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. Brough of Birsay

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Birsay

    The Brough of Birsay features the remains of a busy complex of Pictish, Norse and later settlements around Birsay Bay.

  2. The Italian Chapel

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Orkney

    Visit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italian POWs during the Second World War.

  3. St Magnus Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Kirkwall

    Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.

  4. Banks Chambered Tombs

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    Historic Sites

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    Orkney

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

  5. Ring of Brodgar

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    Historic Sites

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    Stromness

    One of the finest stone circles in the world.

  6. 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.

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    Burray

    See an intriguing collection of rare fossils from Orkney and around the world and learn more about the heritage of the Orkney Isles.

  8. Gradings

    • 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.

  9. Ness of Brodgar

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    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. 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.

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