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Westray, Burness

Site (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Westray, Burness

Classification Site (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 2797

Site Number HY44NW 4

NGR HY 4291 4824

NGR Description Centred HY 4291 4824

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Westray
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY44NW 4 centred 4291 4824.

Centred at HY 4291 4824, on the Loch of Burness, is a peninsula which appears at one time to have been an island. There is a local tradition of 'Picts' houses' here and the level, turf-covered top measuring c.34.0m N-S by c.27.0m transversely, now occupied in the N by a plantycrub, shows traces of much older occupation. This, together with the name 'Burness', suggest that it has almost certainly been a place of ancient occupation, but the remains are too amorphous for classifi cation.

Visited by OS 27 June 1970.

The grass-covered peninsula in the loch immediately S of Burness farm is traditionally the site of 'Picts' houses'; it shows no traces of occupation, but the peninsula itself seems at least partly artificial. Visited June 1981.

RCAHMS 1983.


Field Visit (July 1981)

Gently-contoured turf-covered peninsula, showing no sign of

occupation other than a few large stones protruding through the

turf, but the peninsual itself is probably artificial.

Information from Orkney SMR (RGL) Jun 81.

Aerial photograph CPE/Scot/UK 280 3377 shows definite evidence of structures on the peninsula

Information from Orkney SMR [n.d.]


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