#Orkney holiday – back to Neolithic times – #Maeshowe chambered cairn #Scotland

Deborah Jay’s visit to Maeshowe a truly awe-inspiring cairn.


I am happy to report that my creativity has returned following its 2019 enforced sojourn. I am currently writing the next in my Caledonian Sprite contemporary fantasy series, so I will be back to producing more writing-related posts soon. In the meantime, I still have a whole load to catch up on from my October visit to Orkney.

The Orkney islands are oozing with history that spans a vast range of time. Some of my favourite sites were from the Neolithic period – beginning some 10,000 years BC (the final part of the stone age) – and Orkney has plenty. In fact, they are still uncovering a new find near to Maeshowe, the subject of this post.

Maeshowe is a chambered cairn, or burial mound. At 35m wide and topping 7m tall, it’s a large structure, yet the 10m long entrance tunnel is only just over 1.2m high – quite…

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