Rennibister Earth House, Kirkwall

4.3
#13 of 14 in Historic Sites in Mainland
Rennibister Earth House is located on the Mainland of Orkney, in Scotland. It is located by the south eastern shore of the Bay o' Firth, in a farm yard and is accessed by a hatch in the roof of the earth house and by a ladder. Its location is more picturesque than that of its counterpart, Grain Earth House.
The souterrain was discovered when a threshing machine caused the roof to collapse on 12 November 1926 and seems to date from c. 1000 BC. Access was originally by a passage that was low, with a small drop into the chamber. The chamber itself has 4 pillars supporting the roof, and 5 alcoves in the walls. Unusually, the chamber had the remains of 6 adults and 12 children.
The Site is currently in the care of Historic Scotland.
Report describing the original discovery of the Earth House
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  • Reminded me of the fougous where we live in Cornwall. Modern access down a short ladder to gather inside to listen to Caz from Orkney Archeology explain all!  more »
  • This archaeological site is not well signposted. But it easy enough to find if you have an OS map. There are car parking spaces just as turn down the drive to Rennibister Farm. The tunnel is accessed ...  more »
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  • Really interesting small historic site. Access via farm track, small car park provided from which you walk to the farmyard (2 minutes). Not signed from road, but once on track signs are provided to direct you. The Earth House is accessed via a hatch, which is left open for entry. Ironwork can be slippy so take care when descending. Chamber will accommodate four or five people maximum at any one time. Well worth a visit.
  • A really interesting site to visit. It's off the main tourist routes so never too busy
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