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Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn

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Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn

63 Reviews
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Cuween Hill Finstown, Kirkwall KW Scotland
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

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With at least 5,000 years of history, the rugged Orkney Islands are one of Scotland’s most compelling destinations. Skip the car hire costs and soak up the sights with a guide on this convenient coach tour from John O’Groats. Ride the Churchill Barriers that link the islands; see Stromness, Kirkwall, Skara Brae, and the Italian Chapel; and look for seals and seabirds on the Scapa Flow. Tour excludes entrance fees.
$110.55 per adult
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Wilson B wrote a review Aug 2019
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
This gives a real feel for what a "smaller" cairn was like. As others have said there is a small car park (3 or 4 cars max) up a track from the road then a fairly steep but not too long climb up the hill to the cairn itself. Once there you HAVE TO crawl in on hands and knees and are likely to get a bit damp. There is no light inside. A torch is provided in a wooden box by the stile you climb over at the cairn but probably wise to take your own. Inside is a beautifully crafted cairn with 3 side chambers. Not to the same monumnetal scale as Maeshowe but none the worse for that.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Mr. Hanifian wrote a review Aug 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom65 contributions17 helpful votes
Highly recommend this as it is off the beaten track. Go with a flash light and keep the group below three as its small entrance and internal spirit needs to be appreciated on an individual level.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Karl F wrote a review Jun 2019
Brighouse, United Kingdom439 contributions156 helpful votes
Car park is small but free. Small but steep hill to walk up and a climb over a stile. A torch is left for your use which is a must. Crawl through the small entrance and the you are inside the tomb, still how it was built. Beautiful
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Geo-0131 wrote a review Jun 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom205 contributions90 helpful votes
A brisk climb up a steep hill from a small off-road car park. As others have commented, take your own torch, and be prepared to crawl in on your knees! A mini Maeshowe, but you can touch whatever you like and stay as long as you want. And the bonus of standing stones at the top of the hill as well! Absolutely sensational views of Finstown and way beyond.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Robert S wrote a review May 2019
Wisbech, United Kingdom24 contributions23 helpful votes
There is no custodian. The torch in the box is often flat so take your own. I also recommend knee pads and gloves as you have to crawl in to get access. However, this is one of Orkney's least visited Neolithic chambered cairns and once inside you are in a mini Maes Howe. I have been visiting for 30 years and the best time is late on a spring or summer evening. The views over Finstown from the outside are spectacular and you often have the place to yourself.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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