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Saint Magnus Cathedral
Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
Orkneyinga Saga Centre
Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Ring of Brodgar
Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Mysterious Sites
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement
Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Skara Brae
Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Maeshowe
Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Tomb of the Eagles
Ancient Ruins, History Museums
Earl's Bu
Ancient Ruins
Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn
Points of Interest & Landmarks
HMS Royal Oak Memorial
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Yesnaby Cliffs
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Ness Battery
Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Skara Brae Stromness
#1 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Well done historic site -- you are able to visit a reconstructed village and touch everything ad get the feel before you wander into the archaeological site (which helps people resist touching the fragile originals).
There is an excellent cafe serving delicious home baked food (try the shortbread), a lovely but pricy shop and an interesting although understated exhibition showing the history of the site.
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Barony Mill Birsay
#2 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Great little site; the only watermill still working in Orkney.Loads of history and knowledge shared by a fiendly millman - thank you Mr. Alister.
We came away with a good stack of flour and, as the whole tour was free, a donation, historic sites such as this run with enthusiasm and passion are so well worth supporting.
Yesnaby Cliffs Stromness
#3 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
A modest stroll of half a mile or so provides spectacular views of a stack, an arch and more impressive coastal rock formations than you can photo - plus distant views of Hoy and the odd seal if you look closely (...
There is an amazing view all along the coastal path, passing a sea stack joined to the cliff by a natural bridge, the past Yesnaby Castle and on again along the cliff tops.
Ness of Brodgar Stromness
#4 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
This neolithic site is still being excavated every summer and it seems as if every week something is discovered which changes our perception of just how sophisticated our neolithic ancestors were and quite how imp...
Went to the open day, unfortunately in rainy weather but the excavation is truly amazing and the archaeologists on site were very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Saint Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall
#5 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
The cathedral runs Upper Storey Tours on Thursday mornings at 11. Fascinating behind the scenes look, wonderful views of the interior and the town from the top of the tower.
... was part of our tour with Orkney Uncovered as well we did a separate 'tour' that is only offered 2 days a week that takes you through the inner workings of the Cathedral with an amazing sky level view at the end.
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Brough Of Birsay Birsay
#6 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Only accessible by causeway twice a day at low tide, this mini island is a fantastic site for wildlife including puffins and orcas and minke whales.
Great photos, nice walk, refreshing.Do check the tides tining at the local shop.It might be of great help ;) Otherwise, embrace the weather and enjoy the views and history!
The Italian Chapel St. Mary's
#7 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
The chapel was built of scrap materials available to Italian prisoners of war during WWII and ads to a tour of Scapa Flow and museum and sites on south Hoy Island.
A final look around - the enchanting view over Scapa Flow; the prettily decorated ‘tunnel’ of the church and, as the sun came out, a final glint from the sword of St George.
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Maeshowe Stenness
#8 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
The guide........a local resident steeped in Orkney culture........did a superb job of interpreting the site for us, and how it fit into the whole Neolithic civilization that was thriving in the area.
If you're using public transport, it's one of the easiest sites on the Mainland to visit: the X1 bus between Kirkwall and Stromness stops right outside and the length of the tour fits in well with the return bus t...
Ring of Brodgar Stromness
#9 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
... England , There’s day tours from Kirkwall which covers all these ancients sites with most fascinating views and very much affordable, There’s a day tour all the way from Inverness which takes you John O’ Groat...
The Ring of Brodgar is an amazing site which is worth visiting early morning or later in the day when it is quiet - but I would definitely recommend the guided tours run by the Orkney Ranger service, daily during...
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Tomb of the Eagles South Ronaldsay
#10 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
its also a bird watchers paradise with Flocks of Curlews & oyster catchers flying around you, and wild flower meadows too, with stunning views across the sea to mainland Scotland.
The lady in the farmhouse (who owns the archaeological site) is charming, enthusiastic and has a wealth of amazing detail about the lives of the prehistoric people who were buried there.
Standing Stones of Stenness Stenness
#11 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
... landscape adjacent to the stones with the lochs of Stenness and Harray being next to them and providing and excellent point for a kayaking trip which gives an interesting perspective on the archaeological site.
Part of the World Heritage site of Neolithic Orkney the Standing Stones of Stenness are impressive and unlike places like Stonehenge you can walk up and touch the stones.
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The Earl's Palace Kirkwall
#12 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
... in kirkwall and the ruins of Earl palace have always been somewhere good to visit, although small it is lovely to wander around and you can see st Magnus cathedral as well so it's just lovely views all around!!
It's a Historic Scotland site so member get in for free, joint ticket is £5.50 for both here and Bishop's Palace but you can walk around the grounds and outside of the Earls Palace for free so only need to buy a t...
Skaill House Stromness
#13 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
this charming house still has all the original furniture including clothes amazing views from the windows fascinating history and you may get to meet the current owner who still lives on the island
It is a good location for visiting all the sites and there are lovely cliff top walks to yesnaby and to stromness if your feeling energetic!
Midhowe Chambered Cairn Rousay
#14 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
The walk there and back is very steep but the children loved it and the views over Eyehallow Sound are exceptional and well worth the walk.
Stunning tomb and alongside Midhowe Broch both of which is amazing site.
The Bishop's Palace Kirkwall
#15 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Opposite the Cathedral the mix of palace and castle styles of architecture are fascinating, the remains are quite extensive with great views from the top.
The walls are fascinating and there is an excellent view of the St Magnus Cathedral from atop it's walls.
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Hackness Martello Tower Hoy
#16 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
We had a brilliant guided tour by David, who's knowledge of and genuine enthusiasm for the history of the site (right up to the present day owners), shone through.
Fascinating tour, excellent guide, great location and views
Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn Kirkwall
#17 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
From Cuween Hill you will have a splendid view of smaller Orkney islands and, if you have time, it is worth looking at the 'modern cairns' just above the cairn site.
It's just a short walk up from the car park, and after visiting the cairn, you can climb a little higher still for great views.
Ness Battery Stromness
#18 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Despite the wind and snow Andy was an excellent and informative guide who knows lots about the site and Orkney's military history in general.
Excellent tours for WW11 sites in Stromness Orkney
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement Stromness
#19 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Great Neolithic site that you can walk right up to and touch, sit and contemplate life in them times, whilst looking at the standing stones a stones throw away and enjoying a bit of quiet time away from modern lif...
Orkney is a place of beauty and has some of the worlds oldest archaeological sites in the world.The Neolithic site near the standing stones n Stenness is a project looking to explain how Orkney was occupied in anc...
Dwarfie Stane Hoy
#20 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
It's a nice little walk across the valley, has a good information board when you arrive, and it's such a unique place, with great views, and a real historic sense of atmosphere.
... requires rain coats,rain pants ,waterproof hiding shoes however that said, you are ready for the magnificent sky,huge dark clouds, 50 mph gales, views that go on forever and see the natural and neolithic sites.
The Knap O' Howar Papa Westray
#21 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Definitely worth a walk if you are on Papa Westray, it is so well preserved and the views are amazing.
WOW - Incredible Historic Neolithic Site!
Unstan Chambered Cairn Stenness
#22 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
This is the first neolithic site that Sue brought us to and it was a pretty amazing way to start.
Well done informational signage at all the historical sites in the Orkneys.
North Ronaldsay Lighthouse North Ronaldsay
#23 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
The views from the top were quite amazing across this beautiful island with the added bonus of having the quite charming former lighthouse keeper as our personal tour guide.
Weather was fantastic and view amazing.
HMS Royal Oak Memorial Kirkwall
#24 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
A must to view so that we may remember the sacrifice of 884 men and young boy Sailors who lost their lives on 14/10/1939 when their ship was torpedoed by a u boat in what was considered a safe harbour of the fleet.
The position, just north of Scapa Beach, is as close as possible to the site of the War Grave.
Earl's Palace Birsay
#25 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
The history of the site is fascinating.
Birsay is well away from most other sites but is well worth a visit
Orkneyinga Saga Centre Orphir
#26 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Another of the must visit sites on Orkney.
Earl's Bu Orphir
#27 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Stunning views but a reminder of those lost in the war as the remains of the chapel sit amid the Commonwealth War Graves.
Noltland Castle Pierowall
#28 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Climb to the top to get a great island view but so go with a guide to get the best experience
Great views from Windows.
The Taversoe Tuick Rousay
#29 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
People have focussed on Mainland Orkney but here on Rousey you get closer to some incedible ancient sites from Neolithic through to Viking and its all free!!!!
Indeed thre are great views across the Wyre Sound, towards Wyre, Gairsay and the Mainland.
Skate Rumple Orkney Alpacas Deerness
#30 of 57 Sights & Landmarks in Orkney Islands
Would this be a place to visit on a rainy day it asks below - I don't know really, it depends on your view of life!