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Quick stop, but good stop!

Up the incline and through a gate puts you at this chapel and castle ruin. Though small it has... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
PBTravelstheWorld
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Seattle, Washington
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Very thought provoking

Came here following our visit to the Viking Centre - there’s not a great deal left but I love... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2018
ruthdJ2557YF
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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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.
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

The remains of the early 12th-century seat of Haakon Paulsson Earl of Orkney. The movie inside the centre does a good job of explaining the saga.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Came here following our visit to the Viking Centre - there’s not a great deal left but I love history so found it very interesting. We then went on to the Round Kirk and a coastal walk

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

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

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Part of a 4 mile coastal walk. Lovely views over Scapa Flow. Interesting remnants of Viking culture. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

A little bit of Viking Saga History and one of only two round Churches in Scotland. Set in a lovely area. Only a short visit

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Not much to see but worth a visit if nearby or passing. Remains of a round church in cemetery was interesting to see. The remains of the earls palace just next to it was fascinating to see also.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank JillAdventures
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Not a log to see, but possibly the site of a drinking hall mentioned in sagas from the 12th century, and the remains of a circular church. Worth a few minutes, but don't make a special journey.

Date of experience: July 2017
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