Drop in on the oldest standing stone buildings in north-west Europe, occupied more than 5,000 years ago.
The Knap of Howar consists of two ‘houses’ with surviving stone cupboards and stalls. They date back to the third millennium BC – contemporary with Orkney chambered tombs, such as Midhowe.
The two houses are the best preserved and most visible early Neolithic settlement anywhere in north-western Europe.
Orkney is home to some of the most outstanding examples of prehistoric domestic and funerary architecture in Europe. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site – comprising the slightly later Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe tomb – sits within a wider prehistoric landscape.
This includes the multi-phase prehistoric settlement at Links of Noltland on Westray and the chambered cairn at Holm of Papa Westray, where the inhabitants of the Knap may have been buried.
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