Saints and Stones: Grain Earth-House

Located today among the warehouses of the Hatston Industrial Estates, the Iron Age Grain Earth-House, known as a souterrain in other locales, is completely underground.

Entrance is by a set of stone steps leading to an underground passage and chamber, which is nearly five feet high. Indications are that it was part of a domestic settlement on the site.

About Grain Earth-House

Orkneyjar: Grain Earth-House
Orkneyjar: Orkney's Underground Earth-Houses
Megalithic Portal: Grain Earth House (Grainbank)
Wikipedia: Souterrain

Journey to Grain Earth-House

Grain Earth-House is located off the A965 in the Hatston Industrial Estates area of warehouses on the outskirts of Kirkwall on Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. Since the structure is locked, one must get the key from the nearby Ortak Jewelers located about a block from the Grain Earth-House.

Ordnance Survey Map (HY442117)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the Historic Scotland and Orkneyjar websites. General tourist information for Orkney may be found on the Visit Orkney website.

Additional Photos of Grain Earth-House

Historic Scotland Sign
Key from Ortak Jewellers for Grain Earth-House
Descriptive Sign at Grain Earth-House
Grain Earth-House
Entrance to Grain Earth-House
Steps Leading Downwards
Passage from Steps to Main Chamber
Main Chamber
Passage Leading Beyond Main Chamber
Exterior Showing Shape of Underground

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