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Saint Magnus Cathedral
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Skara Brae
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Orkneyinga Saga Centre
Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Ring of Brodgar
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement
Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Maeshowe
Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Earl's Bu
Ancient Ruins
Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn
Historic Sites, 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 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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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Yesnaby Cliffs Stromness
#2 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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
#3 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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
#4 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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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The Italian Chapel St. Mary's
#5 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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
#6 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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
#7 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
... 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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Standing Stones of Stenness Stenness
#8 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
... 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
#9 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
... 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
#10 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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!
The Bishop's Palace Kirkwall
#11 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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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Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn Kirkwall
#12 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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
#13 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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
#14 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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...
Unstan Chambered Cairn Stenness
#15 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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.
HMS Royal Oak Memorial Kirkwall
#16 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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.
Orkneyinga Saga Centre Orphir
#17 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
Another of the must visit sites on Orkney.
Earl's Bu Orphir
#18 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
Stunning views but a reminder of those lost in the war as the remains of the chapel sit amid the Commonwealth War Graves.
Skate Rumple Orkney Alpacas Deerness
#19 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
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!
Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn Kirkwall
#20 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
There`s a car park for 2 but you will drive straight past it on your way to the top of Wideford Hill so park at the top and walk back and admire views to die for on a bright sunny day.
The site is a bit more difficult to reach than most other cairns on Orkney and the cairn itself can be a bit wet and muddy but these are minor inconveniences compared with the splendours of the site.
Click Mill Dounby
#21 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
Special thanks to Historic Scotland for restoring this historical site.
Rennibister Earth House Kirkwall
#22 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
Kirkwall Baptist Church Kirkwall
#23 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
Scapa Crafts Orkney Chairs Kirkwall
#24 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
Grain Earth House Kirkwall
#25 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
Rendall Doocot Rendall
#26 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland
The Knowes of Trotty Harray
#27 of 27 Sights & Landmarks in Mainland