Two ways to reach this from the road to the Brough of Birsay. An entrance gap by the building you see connects the fields for both mounds. One of these had easy entry by an 'Orkney gate'. Or so it seemed, as, uniquely in my experience, the securing loop had been hooked into the fence and I only undo what I know I can put back the way it was. The field within which the Knowe of Buttquoy is situated is entered by a barred metal gate, though this too has been further secured with a metal loop (not all Orcadian stock are super-smart, because I have seen an electric fence pass across a similar gate in case any stock might batter this in !). Anyway, I used the latter N.B. a farmer on another occasion informed me that you climb over the hinged end of a gate if you find you have to do this anywhere. The cows were far from me, but still, once past the knowe I went over to the other building and into the field where mounds 2/'B' and 3/'C' are. One of these is beside the wall just up from the building (by the bye, these drystane walls stand apart from any I have seen elsewhere, more like masonry in appearance and a distinct orange cast). Though this provided a slight elevation the view of mound numero uno from here 'told' me nothing new. Still hurrying, back into the knowe field and up the opposite end from this to where Point of Buttquoy mound 1/'A' is close to where the track to Skipi Geo runs. Features clearer from inside the field. Still best to come here when the vegetation lies lower. If it ever does that is, he says covering himself.
The first mound is at the top of the stone-walled field in which the Knowe of Buttquoy and frankly is a damn site more interesting. I wouldn't have identified it from CANMORE if I hadn't matched it with the NGR from the teeny-tiny circle that must be the circular sheepfold HY24462835. Muddled up as the stones may be I still wisg I could have found the way in - there must be one ! Don't remember seeing the second mound but the third HY24432826 is in the field next door to the brough side.
Other sites include ;
3 large slabs disturbed by a spring HY24252836
Bronze Age structure and shell midden HY24272834
Sinclair's Brae; cists and Pictish farmstead HY24372823
Figure-of-8 building HY24502817
RCAHMS NMRS record no. HY22NW 13 includes several different types of site on the Point of Buttquoy opposite the Brough of Birsay, mostly mounds. Today there are three mounds left basically: 1/'A' at HY24462835 has many stones covering 10m of the top but most are from a 7m diameter sheepfold and have become inextricably mixed, 2/'B' is at HY24372833 is now practically oblong and probable kerbing is indicated by stonework projecting nearly 1.2m, 3/'C' at HY24432826 about 10-12m across with an edge under the wall (between this and the 'shed' is a 12 by 7m platform ?natural).
There are many standing stones on the headland's cliff edges, and these seem to be in association with the field boundary as they practically begin and end in tandem with it over the other side of road and track. Most had visible, or at least uncoverable, stone settings. I was reminded of Yesnaby a little, though those bestride the landscape magnificently rather than only hugging the actual lines of the coast.
Age - In the final analysis no-one knows for a certainty.
b: The first stone HY24532843 0.4mx0.3m aligns with the eastern fieldwall and has a low stone and a setting eroding in the cliff face.
c: HY24502842 1.2x0.6m, setting at front 0.3m deep and 0.2m high.
d: HY24452840 1.2x0.6m aligns with the Point of Buttquoy mound 1/'A' HY24462835 and has a setting extending right and front of it 0.2m. You would expect it to line up with the more prominent Knowe of Buttquoy in the same field but it does not. Point of Buttquoy is decent enough, though the many stones one sees on it are mostly from a far later sheepfold.
e: HY2443240 1.0x0.4m with a complete stone-setting 1.2x0.6x0.1m. In the field opposite this is Point of Buttquoy mound 2/'C' HY24432826 but I don't have the two lining up.
f: HY24422819 1.2x0.6m.
g: HY24412817 1.1 (I think,ink damp) x0.5m.
h: HY24462010 1.2x0.5m with a stone-setting 0.2x0.8x0.3m is photogenic, but alas the back is now the cliff face itself. I think it aligns with the eastern wall of the stone-walled field.
i: HY? 1.2x0.5m.
j: HY24582814 1.5x0.5x0.3 with complete stone-setting 0.9x0.5m. Nearly opposite this there is a length of wall inserted where some time past a gate was. Or at least a long gap in the wall filled in. Where the stone-walled field turns the drystane wall itself only continues for a few more metres.
k: HY24602814 1.0x0.6m the last stone 28m from the spot of cliff opposite the field corner.