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Maeshowe, Stenness

Duck through the small passageways that make up the vast underground network of burial chambers at Maeshowe, 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 can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This chambered tomb is one of the finest in Europe. You cannot take pictures inside the tomb, but it is worth the time and effort to get there. The Neolithic tomb is an engineering marvel. The sun, on...  more »
  • The guided tour was well- organised and informative. The size of the group was just right and, understandably, small given the delicate condition and space inside this ancient tomb. We loved it. There...  more »
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