Dwarfie Stane

Orkney | Hoy | Chambered tomb | ★★★

[The Dwarfie Stane]

The sheer number of chambered cairns dotted around Orkney can be a little overwhelming when trying to decide which ones to visit. But the Dwarfie Stane is unique, and a must-see sight if you're spending a day or more on Hoy. This 5,000 year-old chambered tomb is hewn directly out of a single, huge boulder: a glacial erratic left behind by a retreating glacier at the end of the last ice age. It's an eye-catching sight in itself amidst desolate bogland, but exploring inside reveals two chambers - one with a rock "pillow" at one end. Probably not a comfortable place for you to spend the night though, especially given what might have been here before. During recent years there's often been an added attraction in the form of sea eagles nesting on the cliffs behind the site.

[Looking back towards Ward Hill from the path to the Dwarfie Stane]

Location & info

📌 Dwarfie Stane ★★★
Off minor road 3 mi east of Rackwick, Hoy, G.R.: HY 243004 ///passion.fellow.skippers
Always open | Free

💬 The tomb's just under half a mile from the small car park, uphill on a path with long boardwalks and occasional rough sections. Taking a torch to see inside properly is recommended.

[The Dwarfie Stane]


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