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flagOrkney Islands


I've heard it called "The Egypt of the north", but Egypt doesn't quite get the same quality of wind or horizontal hail as Orkney. But archaeologically there is a similarity. It seems that around every corner is another tomb to crawl through or a standing stone to behold.

Amongst these sites you will find the spectacular Maes Howe, where the mid-winter sunset streams down the entrance passage into the burial chambers beyond. The Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness stand nearby on a narrow strip of land between two lochs. Skara Brae, a neolithic "Marie Celest" lies just to the west. Were the houses gradually abandoned or did some catastrophic sand storm overwhelm their occupants?

Name Type Of Monument
Assorted Standing Stones Standing Stones
Barnhouse Settlement Prehistoric Settlement
Barnhouse Stone Standing Stone
Birsay, Standing Stones Standing Stones
Blackhammer Chambered Tomb
Cuween Hill Chambered Tomb
Deepdale Standing Stone
Dwarfie Stane Chambered Tomb
Frotoft Standing Stone
Grain Earth House Souterrain
Gurness Broch
Holm of Papay North Chambered Tomb
Holm of Papay South Chambered Tomb
Isbister - "The Tomb of the Eagles" Chambered Tomb
Knap of Howar Prehistoric Houses
Knowe of Yarso Chambered Tomb
Liddel Burnt Mound Prehistoric Dwelling
Maes Howe Chambered Tomb
Midhowe Broch Broch
Midhowe Cairn Chambered Tomb
Mine Howe Subterranean Passages
Quoyness Chambered Tomb
Rennibister Earth House Souterrain
Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle
Skara Brae Prehistoric Village
Stane O' Quoybune Standing Stone
Stones Of Stenness Stone Circle
Taversoe Tuick Chambered Tomb
Unstan Chambered Tomb
Wasbister Loch Crannogs
Watchstone Standing Stone
Wideford Hill Chambered Tomb

For anybody planning a trip to the islands, or just wanting to discover more about their history and folklore I highly recommend a visit to Orkneyjar.

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