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Earth House, Orkney

Looking down a tunnel
inside the earth house.
Notice the strengthened upright stones

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Discovered in 1827, and again in 1857. It consists of a chamber shaped like a bean (shown above) with a curved passage leading to it. At the other end of the passage is a staircase, which is unusual. A second earth house was found nearby in 1982.

Access: In an Industrial Estate just outside Kirkwall. Signposted. The key and a useful torch can be borrowed from the nearby Orkney silversmiths showroom & visitor centre (I can't remember the name of the company!). Quite difficult to climb down into earth house.

Rating: General Impression 3, Ambience 4, Access 2

Personal: Nearby there is an excellent Orkney fish merchants who sell to the public. Flavoured herring, dressed crab and 10kg bags of frozen prawns!

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