Maes Howe (Orkney Islands)

Maes Howe is a Neolithic chambered cairn and passage grave and is one of the largest on Orkney. The cairn gives its name to the Maeshowe type of chambered cairn, which is limited to Orkney. Maes Howe appears as a grassy mound near the south-east end of the Loch of Harray.

The mound encasing the tomb is 115 feet (35 m) in diameter and rises to a height of 24 feet (7.3 m). Surrounding the mound is a ditch up to 45 feet (14 m) wide. The grass mound hides a complex of passages and chambers built of large carefully crafted slabs of flagstone. It is aligned so that the rear wall of its central chamber is illuminated on the winter solstice.

Maes Howe is within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our weather forecast for Mainland in Orkney Islands

Today (Friday, Jan 15)


Expect a temperature in the range 3.4℃ to 4.2℃ with a wind speed 7.2 m/sec (SSE)

Saturday, Jan 16


Expect a temperature in the range 3.8℃ to 4.2℃ with a wind speed 11 m/sec (SSE)

Sunday, Jan 17


Expect a temperature in the range 5.5℃ to 6.2℃ with a wind speed 9.8 m/sec (W)

Monday, Jan 18


Expect a temperature in the range 3.5℃ to 5.1℃ with a wind speed 10.2 m/sec (WSW)

Tuesday, Jan 19


Expect a temperature in the range 2.7℃ to 3.4℃ with a wind speed 4.6 m/sec (SSW)

Wednesday, Jan 20


Expect a temperature in the range 5.7℃ to 6.5℃ with a wind speed 7.4 m/sec (NE)

Thursday, Jan 21


Expect a temperature in the range 4.7℃ to 5.4℃ with a wind speed 7.9 m/sec (N)

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

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