The parish of Stenness, in Orkney’s West Mainland, is home to some of the county’s best-known ancient monuments.

Among these is the prehistoric chambered cairn, Maeshowe.

Thought to date from around 2700BC, Maeshowe is one of the monuments that make up the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

Approximately 500 metres from the south-eastern shore of the Harray loch, Maeshowe is, by far, the largest and most impressive of Orkney’s many chambered cairns.

Appearing as a large grassy mound, it is clearly visible for miles around, including the nearby Standing Stones of Stenness, the Barnhouse Settlement and the Watchstone.


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