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Maeshowe, Stenness

#5 of 10 in Historic Sites in Mainland
Duck through the small passageways that make up the vast underground network of burial chambers at Maeshowe, a World Heritage Site. At first glance from the outside, this cairn may appear as a large grassy mound in the distance. Yet, here lies an underground tomb that is estimated to have taken between 10,000 and 30,000 hours to build. At an incredible 35 m (115 ft) in diameter with a height of 7.3 m (24 ft), the breadth of the site is amplified further by the 14 m (45 ft) wide ditch surrounding the entire structure. The style of Neolithic craftsmanship is typically Scottish. Bring a flashlight in order to see the grafitti scratched into the walls by Vikings who vandalized the site in the mid-12th century. Using our online itinerary creator, Stenness attractions like Maeshowe can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 20, 2017
    This was a highly organized sightseeing tour. One has to make reservation for a certain time period. The group gather at the Visitor Center. Then one is shuttled in a bus a short distance away. From t...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Firstly you need to book online to visit. The access has changed so you book online before you get there. We were lucky that there was a slot available during our 3 day visit (only one!). When you arr...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    This needs to be booked in advance. The visitor centre is some distance from the feature and the tours are transported by bus. Photography is not allowed inside Maeshowe. Entry is through a low tunnel...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Maeshowe is a most interesting and riveting place to visit! Our guide Sarah was one of the best parts! She mentioned at the start that she was hard of hearing and to make eye contact with her before asking her questions in order for her to answer them. She was so detailed and animated in her telling us of Maeshowe that not too many people had questions...but Sarah would have had the answer! She was most knowledgeable of this amazing place and I felt very strange in the chamber! it is very ...magnetic??All i know is that I was spinning upon leaving and took a while to gain my bearings and I felt like I had been somewhere very special!
  • June 17, 2017
    The place itself was very interesting, and it was amazing to be in such an old structure. However the tour guide we had was an English lady with a speech impediment, making it quite hard to understand and take in the history, especially for my father who, being an older gentleman couldn't understand her at all.
  • July 31, 2017
    A very special piece of history with it's story fabulously told by the guides and organisers. Totally unique and relevant to the history of civilization and not just Orkney.
  • August 7, 2017
    Amazing. Alan the tour guide was great. Must see in Orkney but remember to book online first or you may be disappointed.
  • August 17, 2017
    Really interesting cairn - but make sure you book!

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