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Maeshowe, Stromness

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
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. Put Maeshowe at the forefront of your travel plans using our Stromness itinerary builder.
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  • A guided visit as this tomb is so historic and has been kept secure to maintain a valuable insight of the islands past. You almost need to double over to make your way through the entrance into the to...  read more »
  • This was great, the young lady who gave the talk showed us all the markings on the stones and explained what they said, she was not only informative but told us the funny things that were written I do...  read more »
  • Our guide, from Historic Scotland made this a great visit. She knew tons about the site, and had a fine delivery. It is amazing to think that prehistoric peoples took off on boats to venture to Orkney...  read more »
  • Of course they don't allow photography! Popping off flash in the darkened tomb would be very disconcerting to everyone on the tour! Not to mention blinding! The tour is fascinating and the tour guide extremely knowledeable, especially the way he put the tomb into context within the neolithic landscape. Hard to keep remebering that this was built millennia before the Pyramids and Machu Pichu - and without the aid of metal tools. A must see.
  • Amazing! It built before the Pyramids in Gizah. There are few places with Viking's inscriptions like here.
  • I really like it there ,I've been there a lot because i live a couple miles a way but i still think its great :)
  • A truly amazing place and a must see on a visit to Orkney. Visits are by Tour Guide only - our visit was brought to life by a wonderful guide (Bob).
  • Visited Maeshowe with an author friend in 2009. Maeshowe is the main setting in my friend's book (called Passage Graves) and we were there doing research. LOVED the tour. Such a fantastic site with interesting history. Tour guides were informative and personable. If ancient ruins are your thing, plan to visit Maeshowe.
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