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 Weather Forecast

    Light rain tomorrow through Saturday, with temperatures falling to 11°C on Monday.

    Today's Forecast
     Drizzle overnight.
     
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       11%  33%   12 mph
      4:20 am    10:02 pm
    Sunday, May 28th
     Drizzle in the morning.
     
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       29%  88%   13 mph
      4:18 am    10:04 pm

    Monday, May 29th
     Overcast throughout the day.
     
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       0%  96%   6 mph
      4:16 am    10:06 pm
    Tuesday, May 30th
     Light rain throughout the day.
     
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       69%  92%   6 mph
      4:15 am    10:08 pm

    Wednesday, May 31st
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       14%  67%   10 mph
      4:14 am    10:09 pm
    Thursday, Jun 1st
     Light rain starting in the afternoon and breezy overnight.
     
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       27%  66%   13 mph
      4:12 am    10:11 pm

    Friday, Jun 2nd
     Light rain until afternoon, starting again in the evening, and breezy overnight.
     
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       71%  100%   19 mph
      4:11 am    10:13 pm
    Saturday, Jun 3rd
     Mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
     
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       71%  42%   10 mph
      4:10 am    10:14 pm

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