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Maeshowe Chambered Cairn is a chambered tomb in northern Scotland that is more than 5,000 years old. It is considered to be the finest Neolithic building in northwest Europe due to its design, stonework construction, and use of massive individual stones. At first Maeshowe appears to be just a large grassy mound, but visitors can enter from a single door. A 33 foot long stone passageway leads into a small stone chamber in the center. The chamber is only about 15 feet across. Three side rooms made of single slabs of stone are attached to the main chamber. The entire structure was designed so that light would shine down the passageway at sunset every day from three weeks before to three weeks after the shortest day of the year.

At least 3,000 years after Maeshowe was closed up, Norsemen broke into the chamber. They left behind light-hearted runic graffiti all over the walls. It is the largest collection of runic inscriptions outside Scandinavia and serves as a reminder that Orkney was under Norwegian rule until 1468.

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Ireland Rd, Orkney, Scotland
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3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

Explore off the beaten path on this 3-day tour of the archipelago of Orkney. Leave the driving to your guide and travel in a top-of-the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach to visit prehistoric sites, a dramatic red sandstone coast, and some of ScotlandÔÇÖs most remote fishing villages. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people to ensure a more personalized experience.
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Should I book Maeshowe Chambered Cairn tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Maeshowe Chambered Cairn can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
How much does it cost to visit Maeshowe Chambered Cairn 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Maeshowe Chambered Cairn costs USD 474.09. Guided Maeshowe Chambered Cairn tours start around USD 474.09 per person.
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