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Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn

Cuween Hill | Finstown, Kirkwall KW, Scotland
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Beautiful, moving and free. Muddy crawl in and somebody had stolen the torch. Far superior to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Guinnog
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Eery and amazing site

I love places that maintain their authentic origins. And Cuween Hill is just that. As everyone has... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
akaysha_13
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Newcastle, Australia
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Cuween Hill | Finstown, Kirkwall KW, Scotland
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"hands and knees"
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"torch provided"
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"main chamber"
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"off the beaten track"
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"well worth the effort"
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"knee pads"
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"worth a visit"
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"box"
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"crawl"
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"mound"
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"tomb"
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"muddy"
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"battery"
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful, moving and free. Muddy crawl in and somebody had stolen the torch. Far superior to Maeshowe as no visitor centre, shuttle bus, irritating rules or fee to pay.

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I love places that maintain their authentic origins. And Cuween Hill is just that. As everyone has said ... take waterproof pants because it is a crawl in and everything is damp ... and yes, pitch black. The silence is almost deafening inside - buried...More

2  Thank akaysha_13
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This is one of the numerous tombs under Historic Environment Scotland management, but is unmanned and not on the main tourist lists. It's a bit of a walk to get there, and you will get dirty knees crawling through the entrance, but then you have...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Free, better view yet small. Free park, dog strolling,more locals, no frills. The site similar to all the rest. I enjoyed it.

1  Thank rv15243
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

A short but fairly steep walk in - the hardest bit being climbing the stile! A torch is provided with the warning to take your own in case its batteries are dead (or its been pinched!). Very similar to the other Orkney tombs although as...More

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Like a lot of things on Orkney this is free! A little bit of a climb after parking the car. Torches are left for visitors to use. Don't wear your best clothes as you have to crawl in and it is only small but a...More

1  Thank Heidi S
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Cuween is a short walk from the car park, but it is not for those less agile or who do not like dark enclosed spaces. There are torches in a box at the entrance but better to bring your own. Both times I have been,...More

2  Thank peediequine
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

This Cairn, which if you follow the other names should be called Tomb of the Dogs, lies off the road from Kirkwall to Stromness near Finstown. If nothing else, it offers spectacular views. The tomb dates from Victorian times and is rather sterile. If you...More

1  Thank GREYGALAH H
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Unlike many of the chambered cairns of Orkney, Cuween (and Wideford just along the road) does not seem to attack many visitors. This is good in the sense that you can experience the solitude and mystery of this "house if the dead" in a way...More

1  Thank Clive M
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

This is a great place to visit. It's just a short walk up from the car park, and after visiting the cairn, you can climb a little higher still for great views. There are no organised tours from the cruise ships, no guides making sure...More

Thank L3K
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sandrakay788
3 June 2017|
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Response from ScottishHoosier |
Take the A965 to Finstown. Turn sharp left onto Old Finstown Road. If you reach the Finstown car park and public conveniences on the right, you have gone too far. Go a short distance, and the turn on the right to Cuween... More
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