The Iron Age Rennibister Earth House, known as a souterrain in other locales, is completely underground. Access was originally made through a long low passage. Today, the visitor enters through a hatch in the roof and a ladder that leads into the main chamber.
The main chamber measures approximately 11 feet by 8-1/2 feet. Its roof is corbelled measuring 5 feet at its highest. Five small stone alcoves are built into the walls of the main chamber.
Orkneyjar: Rennibister Earth-House
Journey to Rennibister
Rennibister Earth House is located at the end of a farm track road off the A965 4-1/2 miles west of Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney, Scotland.
Orkneyjar: Orkney's Underground Earth-Houses
Stone Pages: Rennibister
Ancient Scotland: Rennibister Earth House
Megalithic Portal: Rennibister Souterrain
Ordnance Survey Map (HY398127)
Visitors information may be found on the Historic Scotland website. General tourist information for Orkney may be found on the Visit Orkney website.
Additional Photos of Rennibister
Directional Sign on Barn to Rennibister Earth House
Descriptive Sign at Rennibister Earth House
Modern Entrance to Rennibister
Ladder Leading to Main Chamber
Main Chamber and Pillars
Alcove in Main Chamber
Original Entrance Passageway