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  • People admiring the Broch of Gurness, Evie
    Broch of Gurness, Evie
  • The causeway to the Brough of Birsay, West Mainland
    The causeway to the Brough of Birsay, West Mainland
  • Earls Palace in Kirkwall
    Earls Palace in Kirkwall
  • Looking over a field to Maeshowe, Stenness
    Maeshowe, Stenness
  • Looking onto Skara Brae at the beach of the Bay of Skaill
    Skara Brae

Step back in time by visiting Orkney’s monuments and ruins, which reveal thousands of years of history. Many of these monuments and ruins make up the Heart of Neolithic Orkney which is recognised as UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Discover prehistoric villages dating back 5,000 years, chambered tombs and palaces amongst the monuments and ruins of Orkney.

Use the information to plan a historic trip to these fascinating monuments and ruins in Orkney.

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  1. Broch of Gurness

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Orkney

    The Broch of Gurness is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an Iron Age settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.

  2. Bishop's & Earl's Palaces

    Type

    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....

  3. Brough of Birsay

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Birsay

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

  4. Earl's Palace

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Birsay

    The palace was built in the late 16th century by 'Black Patie' - the unpopular Earl Robert Stewart.

  5. Knap of Howar

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Papa Westray

    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.

  6. Ness of Brodgar

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stenness

    Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological site covering 2.5 hectares between the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site near Loch of Harray.

  7. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

  8. Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5,000 years old.

  9. Banks Chambered Tombs

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    South Ronaldsay

    Opening times 2013: March 10 am -12 noon, Apr - Sep 9.30 am - 5.30 pm Oct 9.30am -12.30pm and Nov - Feb by arrangement

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