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Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, Stenness

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World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
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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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  • A world heritage site - and most deservedly so! The organisation, using an off-site centre and transporting small groups to the site, is clever and avoids crowds from spoiling the overall experience.....  more
    A world heritage site - and most deservedly so! The organisation, using an off-site centre and transporting small groups to the site, is clever and avoids crowds from spoiling the overall experience.....  more »
  • We went to book on the website and a pop up message due to difficulties booking was not possible but tickets are available if you turn up over the weekend. We arrived at 10.15 Saturday to find three....  more
    We went to book on the website and a pop up message due to difficulties booking was not possible but tickets are available if you turn up over the weekend. We arrived at 10.15 Saturday to find three....  more »

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