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The Dwarfie Stane - Hoy, Orkney
Rock Cut Tomb
National Grid Reference: HY 243 004

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How To Get There

There are regular vehicle ferries from Houton on Mainland to Lyness on Hoy. Once on Hoy, and assuming that you are at Lyness, follow the B9047 north. The Dwarfie Stane is well signed at the left turn around 10 miles north of Lyness. Follow this smaller road along the valley for about 2 miles. There is a parking area to the right of the road and a path leads up to the monument on the opposite side of the road.

The Dwarfie Stane, Hoy.

The Dwarfie Stane must be unique in the British Isles. Rock cuts tombs are popular in other parts of Europe but this is the first example that I have seen. The stone block is 8.5 metres long, 4.5 metres wide and 2 metres high out of which has been hollowed a small entrance passage and two side chambers. The smaller block of stone in the picture above was originally a blocking stone for the passage.

I had to marvel at the skill of the people who chiselled these chambers. It would have been so easy to cut right through the "skin" of the stone.

The view out of the passage.

The entrance passage shown above faces west, down the valley and the view including the highest hills on the Orkney Islands is wonderful.

There are no finds for dating this monument, but the nature of the internal structures points towards a Neolithic origin.

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This prehistoric site has been rescued for historical reasons by History X's archive