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This was quite a climb but well worth it, the entrance passage was very low even tighter than the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jenniepearson
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Forth, United Kingdom
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You can pay to go inside Maes Howe but Cuween may be less spectacular but here you are by yourself... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
stella1001
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was quite a climb but well worth it, the entrance passage was very low even tighter than the tomb of eagles. Although not large like Maeshow the roof was original and we had the whole place to ourselves. I couldn’t bring myself to crawl...More

2  Thank Jenniepearson
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

You can pay to go inside Maes Howe but Cuween may be less spectacular but here you are by yourself and you get much more of the atmosphere of the place for that. After your visit go to the top of the hill for the...More

1  Thank stella1001
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We heard about this carin from a local woman. And are we ever glad we visited. Crawl through the long corridor into the chambered cairn if you dare. Bring a light source, as the flashlight at the entrance was dead. The construction of the tomb...More

1  Thank Julie D
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Yes, in a box behind you as you stand at the darkness of the entrance. This has a low and narrow entrance a bit damp and muddy but think how much more difficult it was for your ancestors placing their dead inside. A small car...More

Thank Cedric H
Reviewed 16 June 2018

It is well worth the walk up to the tomb to see this remarkable legacy of neolithic man on Orkney. The entrance requires a short way on all-fours, but once inside you can stand up. Remember to take a torch as there is no lighting...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Access by crawling in - luckily our guide from Orkney Archaeology provided kneepads and gloves. Nice quiet place away from the coach parties.

Thank Roger D
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Beautiful, moving and free. Muddy crawl in and somebody had stolen the torch. Far superior to Maeshowe as no visitor centre, shuttle bus, irritating rules or fee to pay.

1  Thank Guinnog
Reviewed 6 November 2017

I love places that maintain their authentic origins. And Cuween Hill is just that. As everyone has said ... take waterproof pants because it is a crawl in and everything is damp ... and yes, pitch black. The silence is almost deafening inside - buried...More

2  Thank akaysha_13
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This is one of the numerous tombs under Historic Environment Scotland management, but is unmanned and not on the main tourist lists. It's a bit of a walk to get there, and you will get dirty knees crawling through the entrance, but then you have...More

1  Thank FiadhFiadh
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Free, better view yet small. Free park, dog strolling,more locals, no frills. The site similar to all the rest. I enjoyed it.

1  Thank rv15243
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sandrakay788
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Take the A965 to Finstown. Turn sharp left onto Old Finstown Road. If you reach the Finstown car park and public conveniences on the right, you have gone too far. Go a short distance, and the turn on the right to Cuween... More
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