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There are many cairns on Orkney with the word Howe in them so don't confuse this one with Maeshowe... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Tracey D
Sydney, Australia
Mine Howe

Not welcoming despite the Welcome to Mine Howe sign! Portakabon closed and involved climbing a... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2018
Keith M
via mobile
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Tankerness, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

There are many cairns on Orkney with the word Howe in them so don't confuse this one with Maeshowe which is the safe tourist one that you need to book in advance to go to. Minehowe is on private property, its not taken care of...More

Thank Tracey D
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Not welcoming despite the Welcome to Mine Howe sign! Portakabon closed and involved climbing a gate but definitely worth a visit if you have torch. Descending the 29 steps was fascinating as the chamber had been carefully constructed.

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This site is actually closed to the public. However, we didn't know that when we came upon it. The farm gate is closed with a fraying nylon rope and it is evident that many people have came and went. We came in and made our...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 21 August 2017

A place I've been wanting to visit for many years now, so finally had the chance to visit on a weeks' trip to Orkney. Word of caution - the place is permanently closed to the public - so I'm not advocating entering the Howe without...More

7  Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We found the site fairly easily. It is marked on a OS map and is right opposite a cemetery. You need to cross a farmer's field which contained some young bullocks. The entrance to the steps is set in a side of a mound surrounded...More

3  Thank Fiona T
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Great place to visit as it is more "real and untouched". However, it also lacks the information etc of the places you have to pay for. Nearly drove past but stopped and backed up to the small lay-by near the cemetery. Do remember to take...More

2  Thank Pete S
Reviewed 26 August 2015

Great site and just a few hundred metres from Sebay Mill. Marvelous history and very accessible. well worth a visit

1  Thank Goldflash
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Most of the recent reviewers on this website have mistaken Mine Howe for Maes Howe. Maes Howe is Orkney Mainland's most famous and most visited archaeological site after Skara Brae and the stone circles; Mine Howe is as fblades describes it - furtive, barely signposted,...More

8  Thank lp1066
Reviewed 24 September 2014

This site appears to have been closed down. The Info portacabin is locked up and the gates tied closed - and be aware that this is private property. But the more adventurous explorer can still make their way across the field to the entrance. Come...More

7  Thank fblades
Reviewed 17 October 2013

On our way to Skara Brae we spotted this...decided to pop into the visitor centre to find out what it was all about. Very helpful & polite Historic Scotland staff, showed us information on the site and explained that visit to the site is by...More

3  Thank ecofi
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3 June 2018|
Response from claday | Reviewed this property |
Depuis le site de Historic Scotland: "Maeshowe Chambered Cairn requires a reservation for the tour for members - For the month of July, please reserve your place on the tour by contacting our Admissions team Monday... More
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