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Address: Orphir KW17 2RD, Scotland
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Located eight miles west south west of Kirkwall at Orphir, the Earl's Bu...

Located eight miles west south west of Kirkwall at Orphir, the Earl's Bu comprises the foundations of ancient buildings which have been identified as the remains of the early 12th-century seat of Haakon Paulsson Earl of Orkney.

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Fantastic remains of the Earls Bu os St Nicholas Church a place of worship for the Norse invaders in the 12 century.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

My absolute favorite. There is not much to the Bu or manor house of and ancient earl. The really exciting thing is the round church a thing in Scotland only two are left and this one is the most complete. Makes you just want to touch it, and you can. Because half is gone you can even stand in side... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Fantastic remains of the Earls Bu os St Nicholas Church a place of worship for the Norse invaders in the 12 century.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Lovely coastal walk from the graveyard, not particularly cliffy. but it rained so we came back over the road.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

The centenary of the Battle of Jutland had obviously been a theme for the local primary school children. It was interesting to see their drawings and read their interpretations of what had happened. The Viking centre did not rouse the great enthusiasm but the Earl's Bu and the cemetery were well worth the time spent.

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Thank OsloScot
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Wonderful setting where the Orkneyinga saga comes to life. Well worth a visit and an interesting walk to follow. Recommended.

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Thank Bryan L
Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

Community run visitor center tells you about the Viking History and Saga's - watch 20 minute video it is worth it and keep an eye out for the "family tree" depicting the viking leaders - see if you spot the famous faces used to portray them on the tree! The Round Kirk is in the Common Wealth cemetery behind the... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Stunning views but a reminder of those lost in the war as the remains of the chapel sit amid the Commonwealth War Graves. Good for quiet contemplation.

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Katoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

This was absolutely great! The little visitors centre next to it is open 24 hours a day and is free! Check out the really interesting, and funny, genealogical tree - see how many actors' faces you recognise! And the short movie is really informative. Well worth the visit and sets the scene for the rest of your Orkney stay.

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Kelso, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

We visited this site two years ago and found it very interesting but it was a wet day so we weren't able to look about for long. Sunny day today so had a better look round. It's quite a small site but none-the-less interesting. The nearby centre has a great exhibition and film presentation of the Orkneyinga Saga. Worth visiting.

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Edinburgh
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

This small round church ruin is next to the local kirkyard in Orphir and we were here while visiting family graves. The new OrkneyingaSaga Centre is here, too.

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