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A May 2010 trip to Orkney Islands by eilidhcatriona

Italian Chapel Photo, Orkney Islands, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Some places to visit in Orkney which don't fit into the Neolithic category - see separate trip journal for those ones!

Skara Brae/Skaill House

Attraction | "Claustrophobic but with Nice Benches"

Skara Brae/Skaill House Photo, Orkney Islands, Scotland
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Skaill House is located on the west coast of the Orkney mainland, beside the Neolithic village of Skara Brae on the Bay of Skaill. Entry to Skaill House is included in tickets to Skara Brae, at £6.70 for adults, £5.40 for concessions and £4.00 for children.Skaill House is a 17th century building and has been home to 12 Lairds of Skaill, including William Watt who discovered Skara Brae in 1850 after fierce storms. As such, the building has historical significance and forms part of the Skara Brae story.The accepted route is to go to Skara Brae first, but you don’t have to do this. If you do, you will approach Skaill House from the bay side. It is a fairly large and imposing struc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2010

Skara Brae/Skaill House
Sandwick
Orkney, Scotland KW16 3LR

Italian Chapel

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Attraction | "Little Italy in Orkney"

Italian Chapel Photo, Orkney Islands, Scotland
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Orkney's Italian Chapel is situated on the small island of Lamb Holm, easily accessed by causeway across Churchill Barrier No. 1 from the mainland village of St Marys.The story of the chapel is very touching. It was created in the early 1940s by a group of Italian prisoners of war being held at Camp 60 on the island. They desperately wanted a place of worship, so they were given two Nissen huts by the camp commandant. The original intention was to use one as a school and one as a chapel, but once they created a sanctuary they continued decorating the huts as a chapel.The artistic brains were from Domenico Chiocchetti, an artist among the prisoners. He had help from numerous oth...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2010

Italian Chapel
Lamb Holm
Orkney Islands, Scotland

St Magnus Cathedral

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Attraction | "A Cathedral Standing Against the Elements"

St Magnus Cathedral Photo, Orkney Islands, Scotland
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St Magnus Cathedral is located right in the heart of Kirkwall, Orkney, visible from all around the town. Founded in 1137 by the Viking Earl Rognvald, nephew of St Magnus, it is a red-coloured building, built primarily from sandstone. It is an impressive building from outside, yet somehow understated. It isn’t beautiful in the conventional sense, yet it is perfectly suited to Orkney. It is rather squat, unlike so many cathedrals, particularly English ones, which seem to soar elegantly towards the sky. St Magnus Cathedral hunkers down as if to better fend off the elements and the strong Orkney winds. For several days, every time I saw it, it felt familiar, as if I knew it. I finally realised...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2010

St Magnus Cathedral
Kirkwall
Orkney Islands, Scotland

Earl's Palace

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Attraction | "Home to an Evil Earl"

Earl's Palace Photo, Orkney Islands, Scotland
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The Earl’s Palace is located in the heart of Kirkwall, next to St Magnus Cathedral. It was built around 1606 by the infamous Patrick, Earl of Orkney, known for his cruelty.The Palace now stands in ruins, managed by Historic Scotland. Entry is adult £3.70, child £2.20, and concession £3.00 – this gives you a joint ticket for the Earl’s Palace and the adjacent Bishop’s Palace. We used our Orkney Explorer passes. The building is not wheelchair accessible, so we couldn’t borrow one for my mum, but the nice lady at the desk still gave us one free entry for a carer – so along with the two Explorer passes, we didn’t hand over any money at the ticket desk.From the outside, despite bein...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 21, 2010

Earl's Palace
Kirkwall
Orkney Islands, Scotland

Bishop's Palace

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Attraction | "Historically Fascinating but Now Diminished"

Bishop's Palace Photo, Kirkwall, Scotland
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The Bishop’s Palace in Kirkwall is located adjacent to the Earl’s Palace and beside St Magnus Cathedral in the heart of the town. There has been a Bishop’s Palace on the site since the 12th century, but much of what remains today is from the 1600s.The building, although now in ruins, has an interesting history. It was built in the 12th century, remodelled in the 1550s, and then again in around 1600 by Earl Patrick Stewart to incorporate it into his Earl’s Palace as quarters for his bodyguards. In 1263 King Hakon IV of Norway died in the Bishop’s Palace on his return home from battle at Largs. It is believed that in 1290 the body of Margaret, the child Queen Regnant of Scots known as the Ma...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 23, 2010

Bishop's Palace

Kirkwall