Maes Howe

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  • 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 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain tomorrow through Tuesday, with temperatures falling to 11°C on Thursday.

    Today's Forecast
     Foggy in the morning.
     
    11
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    13
       93%  59%   4 mph
      8:03 am    5:54 pm
    Saturday, Oct 21st
     Light rain and windy until afternoon.
     
    9
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    13
       80%  80%   22 mph
      8:05 am    5:51 pm

    Sunday, Oct 22nd
     Mostly cloudy until evening.
     
    10
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    13
       63%  76%   12 mph
      8:07 am    5:49 pm
    Monday, Oct 23rd
     Windy until afternoon and rain in the afternoon.
     
    10
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    12
       64%  39%   17 mph
      8:10 am    5:46 pm

    Tuesday, Oct 24th
     Rain and windy in the morning.
     
    9
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    13
       74%  35%   8 mph
      8:12 am    5:43 pm
    Wednesday, Oct 25th
     Partly cloudy in the morning.
     
    9
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    12
       54%  51%   16 mph
      8:15 am    5:41 pm

    Thursday, Oct 26th
     Overcast throughout the day.
     
    9
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    11
       57%  100%   14 mph
      8:17 am    5:38 pm
    Friday, Oct 27th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
    9
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    12
       52%  89%   9 mph
      8:19 am    5:35 pm

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