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My absolute favorite. There is not much to the Bu or manor house of and ancient earl. The really... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2017
tiredandtravelled
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Portland, Oregon
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Fantastic remains of the Earls Bu os St Nicholas Church a place of worship for the Norse invaders... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Charles G
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Located eight miles west south west of Kirkwall at Orphir, the Earl's Bu comprises the foundations of ancient buildings which have been identified as the remains of the early 12th-century seat of Haakon Paulsson Earl of Orkney.
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Orphir KW17 2RD, Scotland
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

My absolute favorite. There is not much to the Bu or manor house of and ancient earl. The really exciting thing is the round church a thing in Scotland only two are left and this one is the most complete. Makes you just want to...More

Thank tiredandtravelled
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Fantastic remains of the Earls Bu os St Nicholas Church a place of worship for the Norse invaders in the 12 century.

Thank Charles G
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Lovely coastal walk from the graveyard, not particularly cliffy. but it rained so we came back over the road.

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The centenary of the Battle of Jutland had obviously been a theme for the local primary school children. It was interesting to see their drawings and read their interpretations of what had happened. The Viking centre did not rouse the great enthusiasm but the Earl's...More

Thank OsloScot
Reviewed 26 June 2016

Wonderful setting where the Orkneyinga saga comes to life. Well worth a visit and an interesting walk to follow. Recommended.

Thank Bryan L
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Community run visitor center tells you about the Viking History and Saga's - watch 20 minute video it is worth it and keep an eye out for the "family tree" depicting the viking leaders - see if you spot the famous faces used to portray...More

Thank jakkinthegroove
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Stunning views but a reminder of those lost in the war as the remains of the chapel sit amid the Commonwealth War Graves. Good for quiet contemplation.

Thank Hillary S
Reviewed 30 September 2015

This was absolutely great! The little visitors centre next to it is open 24 hours a day and is free! Check out the really interesting, and funny, genealogical tree - see how many actors' faces you recognise! And the short movie is really informative. Well...More

Thank KatoombaSue
Reviewed 7 September 2015

We visited this site two years ago and found it very interesting but it was a wet day so we weren't able to look about for long. Sunny day today so had a better look round. It's quite a small site but none-the-less interesting. The...More

Thank Sockknitter5
Reviewed 15 August 2015

This small round church ruin is next to the local kirkyard in Orphir and we were here while visiting family graves. The new OrkneyingaSaga Centre is here, too.

Thank shug17
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