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Skara Brae: 25 minute drivetime from the hotel

Long before Stonehenge or even before the Egyption pyramids were built, Skara Brae was a thiving village. First uncovered by a storm in 1850, Skara Brae remains a place of discovery today.

Brough of Birsay: 30 minute drivetime from the hotel

Reach this special tidal island by causeway to explore Pictish, Norse and medieval remains. Broaches, rings and dress pins found on the Brough of Birsay suggest that it was a Pictish power centre. It's still possible to make out the remnants of Norse houses, barns and even a sauna. Later, a small church and a monastery were built on Birsay.

Brough of Gurness: 24 minute drivetime from the hotel

Explore an icon of Ornkey's rich archaeological heritage. This impreessive Iron Age complex is one of the most outstanding examples of a later prehistoric settlement to survive in Scotland. You can even view the Iron Age artefacts in their visitor centre.

Maeshowe: 15 minute drivetime from the hotel

Stand in awe of one of Europe's finest chambered tombs, built some 5,000 years ago. Incredibly, the entrance passage to Maeshowe is aligned with the setting of the midwinter sun so that the light illuminates the tomb's interior.

Norse crusaders broke into the Maeshowe in the mid 1100's, long after it had fallen from use. They too left their mark on the site, this time as graffiti carved all over the main chamber's walls.

The Stones of Stenness: 15 minute drivetime from the hotel

Walk amog the enigmatic stones of one of the most spectacular prehistoric monuments in the British Isles. The Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge is an enormous ceremonial site dating back to the 3rd millennium BC.

  • The stones originally consisted of 60 stones, only 36 remain today.
  • There are at least 13 prehistoric burial mounds.
  • There is a large rock-cut ditch surrounding the stone circle.
  • The Stones of Sternness today consist of four upright stones up to 6m in height in a circle that originally held 12 stones. The focus of the interior was a large hearth. The stones were encircled by a large ditch and bank, the form of which has been lost over time by ploughing.

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