Orkney and Shetland Islands Travel Guide

Orkney and Shetland Islands Sights

Maeshowe

  • A965 Map It
  • Stromness
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

The huge burial mound of Maeshowe, circa 2500 BC, measures 115 feet in diameter and contains an enormous burial chamber. It was raided by Vikings in the 12th century, and Norse crusaders found shelter here, leaving a rich collection of runic inscriptions. Outside you see a large, grassy mound; the stunning interior of the chambered tomb has remarkably sophisticated stonework. This site is 6 miles northeast of Stromness and 1 mile from the Ring of Brodgar. As space is limited, buy tickets for guided tours online or call to check availability. Tours start at the new visitor center at Stenness.

Sight Information

Address:

A965, Stromness, Orkney Islands, KW16 3HA, Scotland

Map It

Phone:

01856-851266

Sight Details:

  • £6

Published 05/04/2017

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