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Located eight miles west south west of Kirkwall at Orphir, the Earl's Bu comprises the foundations of ancient buildings which have been identified as the remains of the early 12th-century seat of Haakon Paulsson Earl of Orkney.
Up the incline and through a gate puts you at this chapel and castle ruin. Though small it has good story boards to help bring the meager ruins to life. Quick stop to stretch your legs if you have been driving around the island.
Staying close to the shore at Orphir, I woke early and walked to this site arriving about 7.00am. There was not a whole lot to see, but one got a great feeling of the history of the place, dating back to the time of the...More
This is just one of many interesting archeological sites on the Orkneys. While the site is dramatic, the special feature of this site is the information centre with display boards and professional video. It is free, as well.
Dropped by here late in the day for a short look around. Story boards and parking on street then you walk to the gated graveyard that also has this ruin in it. Very nicely kept and marked. You can really see how the Romanesque windows...More
Orkney in general is just one great big Neolithic playground for the visitor. Just about everywhere you turn there is something to see, a lot of it from over 5000 years ago. If you are into history and how people lived ages ago, you should...More