Kirbuster Farm Museum

c/o Broad Street
Kirkwall KW15 1DH

Kirbuster Museum was opened to the public in 1986. It is the last un-restored example of a traditional 'firehoose' in Northern Europe.

Lyness Interpretation Centre

Lyness, Hoy
Kirkwall KW16 3NU

Sometimes known as the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre, the Lyness Interpretation Centre houses an important record of the role the Royal Navy played in Orkney during both World Wars. Situated at Lyness on the island of Hoy, the centre is run by Orkney Islands Council Museums Service, which has converted the former pump house to provide a comprehensive series of interpretative displays, as well as being home to a fascinating outside collection of military equipment such as vehicles and guns.

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn - Historic Scotland


The finest megalithic tomb in the British Isles, with a large mound covering a stone-built passage and a large burial chamber with cells in the walls. Of Neolithic date, broken into in Viking times by people who carved extensive runic inscriptions on the walls.

Skaill House

Breckness Estate
Sandwick KW16 3LR

Skaill House is the finest mansion in Orkney, a family home steeped in 5000 years of history. Situated in the parish of Sandwick overlooking the spectacular Bay of Skaill, the house is surrounded by spacious lawned gardens and stands in a peaceful secluded spot between the Loch of Skaill and the sea.

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village - Historic Scotland

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

When a wild storm on Orkney in 1850 exposed the ruins of ancient dwellings, Skara Brae, the best preserved prehistoric village in northern Europe, was discovered. The excavated farming settlement dates back 5000 years.

Stones of Stenness Circle & Henge - Historic Scotland

Stones of Stenness Circle and Henge

Standing at a maximum height of six metres (around 19 feet), the sheer scale of the megaliths that make up the Stones o' Stenness makes the monument visible for miles around. Located by the south-eastern shore of the Loch o' Stenness, only four of the ring's stones remain. These are considerably larger than those found in the nearby Ring o' Brodgar, approximately one mile to the north-west.

Westray Heritage Centre

Westray KW17 2BZ

We are situated in the centre of Pierowall village in Westray next door to the Pierowall Hotel. Inside we have an annual display plus permanent exhibition panels on walls, and GEO with model seabirds and sounds.