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Tomb of the Eagles

Chambered Cairn


Possibly the most enjoyable of the Orkney sites. Why? Two reasons. The lady, on whose fathers land the site is on, is a star! When 4 blokes turn up (one in a Man Utd hat - eek) at your doorstep on a rainy April morning, you must have your doubts - none here - we were welcomed like relatives and treated like kings. A good 2 hours spent in her farmhouse-come-museam really gets the message across about how much the Orcadians care about their heritage, and there are some fantastic things to be seen - hold a 5000 year old skull, faaar out (just use both hands!) and fantastic ceremonial artifacts. All very REAL and basically a one off unless you work in a museam! It blew my mind.
Secondly, the place itself - pearched on a cliff at the extream south of the 'mainland' (although on South Ronaldsey - connected by The Churchill Barriers) the tomb is awe inspiring - especially after learning it's history prior to seeing it - and getting in is a blast! Only one factor detracts from the whole experience - nasty covering roof on the tomb - but close your eyes, relax, forget about the concrete and enjoy. Don't forget to press the!
Posted by CraigR
22nd May 2000ce

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