Rennibister Earth House

[Rennibister Earth House]

This 2,500-year old souterrain (or earth house) is located in the middle of a farmyard close to the Bay of Firth on Orkney's Mainland. The entrance for modern-day visitors is by climbing down a short metal ladder directly into the main chamber. There are two good reasons why the original, seven metre long access passage isn't used any longer: it's uncomfortably tiny... and the farm road goes right over the top of the entrance! The underground chamber was discovered in the 1920's when a threshing machine fell into it from above, also revealing bones from eighteen different people inside. Slightly chilling given it was supposed to be a structure used to store supplies...

[End of the original access passage]

Name: Rennibister Earth House ☆☆☆
Location: Off A965 3 miles west of Kirkwall, G.R.: HY 397126 / wasps navy planting
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Take a torch so you can see beyond the main chamber.

[Modern access hatch]

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