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Earl's Bu, Orphir

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#10 of 10 in Historic Sites in Mainland
Be transported back to the time when Vikings ruled the Orkney Islands at Earl's Bu, the ruins of a former manor house. Constructed during the Earldom of Orkney, the building is thought to date back to the 12th century and to have hosted lavish drinking parties. It features in the famous Orkneyinga Saga, which describes the venue's "many large ale vessels" and heated sitting room. While the ruins are not extensive, they provide an interesting glimpse into the islands' Nordic past. Nearby you can find a number of other places to visit relating to this period, including the remains of St. Nicholas Church directly adjacent. Put Earl's Bu into our Orphir day trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Orphir.
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  • This is just one of many interesting archeological sites on the Orkneys. While the site is dramatic, the special feature of this site is the information centre with display boards and professional vid...  more »
  • Dropped by here late in the day for a short look around. Story boards and parking on street then you walk to the gated graveyard that also has this ruin in it. Very nicely kept and marked. You can rea...  more »
  • Part of a 4 mile coastal walk. Lovely views over Scapa Flow. Interesting remnants of Viking culture. Well worth a visit.  more »

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