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Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, Stenness

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World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
Duck through the small passageways that make up the vast underground network of burial chambers at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, 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 Chambered Cairn can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Bearing in mind the Cairn was closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, I thought the talk at the visitor centre was excellent. Our guide was clearly passionate about the subject and took time to answer.....  more »
  • Having visited the site before - I was looking forward to returning. Unfortunately due to Covid the actual site is closed. There is a visitor site nearby but I would wait until normality returns...  more »

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