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. The North Ronaldsay Trust - Lighthouse Tours

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Orkney

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

  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. Stone of Setter

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    Historic Sites

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    Eday

    The Setter Stone, erected thousands of years ago, is one of the tallest megaliths in Orkney.

  4. Gradings

    Stenness

    One of the most famous sites in Orkney.

  5. 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.

  6. Ness of Brodgar

    Type

    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’.

  7. Start Point Lighthouse

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Sanday

    The first beacon to mark the Start Point on the Orkney island of Sanday was an unlit masonry tower, but this beacon proved inadequate as ships continued to be wrecked on the island.

  8. Stromness Museum

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    Museums

    Gradings

    • 2 Museum
    2 Museum

    Stromness

    Get a glimpse of Orkney’s natural history and maritime past at this museum which sports a unique collection of artifacts.

  9. Bishop's & Earl's Palaces

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    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Kirkwall

    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.

  10. The Pier Arts Centre

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    Arts Centres

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    • 5 Arts Venue
    5 Arts Venue

    Stromness

    Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.

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