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Unstan Chambered Cairn, Stenness

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Unstan (or Onstan, or Onston) is a Neolithic chambered cairn located about 2 mi (3 km) north-east of Stromness on Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. The tomb was built on a promontory that extends into the Loch of Stenness near the settlement of Howe. Unstan is notable as an atypical hybrid of the two main types of chambered cairn found in Orkney, and as the location of the first discovery of a type of pottery that now bears the name of the tomb. The site is in the care of Historic Environment Scotland as a scheduled monument.
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  • I was actually unaware of this dit. It does not require a ticket it is just sitting there waiting for you to come and enjoy. I really loved this site. ♥️♥️♥️  more »
  • We spotted the brown “historic site” sign on the main road and drove down a farm track to this cairn. There wasn’t another car in the car park and we literally just walked into the cairn (the tunnel.....  more »
  • Well kept chambered tomb, easy to find with parking. Be prepared for the narrow entrance tunnel. Look out for ancient graffiti on the stones inside, as well as the more modern.
  • One of the best, incredible tomb and very well looked after.

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