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Orkney's Islands

The largest of the Orkney islands is the Mainland,   linked to the south isles of Burray and South Ronaldsay by the Churchill Barriers. The other islands  are reached by  ferry and air services from Mainland Orkney.

The Island of Hoy


Dwarfie Stane:  Britain’s only Neolithic rock cut tomb.


Lyness Naval Museum & Scapa Flow visitor centre.


Martello Tower & Hackness Battery: built during the Napoleonic Wars.


The Island of Rousay


Blackhammer Cairn: a 5000-year-old Neolithic tomb.


Midhowe Broch:  a fine example of an Iron Age settlement, looking out over Eynhallow Sound.


Midhowe Cairn: known as the great ship of the dead – the largest of Orkney’s Neolithic stalled cairns.


Taversöe Tuick Cairn: an unusual two storey burial mound, discovered in 1898 during the construction of a summer seat for the laird’s wife.


The Island of Papa Westray


St. Boniface Kirk: 12th century church built on a massive eroding multi period settlement site, with occupation layers going back to the 3rd millennium BC.


Knap of Howar Neolithic settlement: the earliest houses in Europe dating to the  mid 4th millennium BC.


The Island of Sanday


Quoyness chambered cairn: fine Maeshowe type Neolithic tomb


Tofts Ness prehistoric landscape: the Tofts Ness peninsular is a relict landscape with traces of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age occupation.


The Island of Westray


Castle of Noltland: 16th century Z-plan castle probably built by Gilbert Balfour, who was implicated in the murder of Mary Queen of Scots' husband  Lord Darnley.


Links of Noltland: eroding sand dunes revealing a Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape, find site of the Neolithic ‘Orkney Venus’ figure aka the ‘Westray Wife’


Quoygrew Norse settlement:  Viking/Norse settlement from the 9th – 17th centuries AD.


The Island of Wyre


Cubbie Roo’s castle: 12th century Norse stronghold probably built by  Kolbein Hruga


St. Mary’s Chapel: 12th century chapel