Sanday Heritage Centre


This museum in the former temperance hall has intriguing displays on various aspects of island history, including fishing, WWI, archaeology and shipwrecks. In an adjacent field a typical croft house is preserved.

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2. Tofts Ness

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Right at Sanday's northeastern tip, this is a major prehistoric funerary complex with over 500 graves from the Bronze Age as well as burial cairns and…

3. Papa Stronsay

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4. Eday Heritage & Visitor Centre

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5. New Kirk

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6. North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

11.09 MILES

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8. Kelp Store

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