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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.
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Monuments & Ruins
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.
Corrigall Farm Museum is a traditional ‘but and ben’ house that portrays a typical Orkney farmhouse and steading in the late 19th century.
The Setter Stone, erected thousands of years ago, is one of the tallest megaliths in Orkney.
Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.
Papa Westray is one of Orkney’s smaller isles, only about six square miles in extent, and much less hectic than its bigger neighbours in Orkney.
Historic Buildings & Homes
See inside the finest mansion in Orkney and experience 5,000 years of history at Skaill House.
Take a guided tour of the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles on North Ronaldsay.
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