Fodor's Expert Review Tomb of the Eagles

Kirkwall Archaeological Site/Ruins

In 1958, while looking for stones for diking, local farmer Ronnie Simison found and excavated this chambered cairn, packed with 340 human skulls that were 5,000 years old. The lack of other bones suggests that the skulls were taken after the bones had been picked clean by birds. The tomb, however, gets its name from the 70 talons of sea eagles and their remains found among the skulls. The walk to the tomb is a mile through fields and then along spectacular cliffs. Access to the tomb is by way of a trolley. This can be messy if it's muddy and a no-go for those with mobility problems, but it's not as uncomfortable or claustrophobic as you'd imagine. The visitor center, still run by Ronnie Simison's family, is full of exhibits.

Archaeological Site/Ruins

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Off A961
St. Margaret's Hope, Orkney Islands  KW17 2RW, Scotland


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Rate Includes: £8, Closed Nov.–Feb

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