History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A three foot square opening is cut into the west face of the stone. This opening leads to an inner chamber, containing a pair of hollowed out spaces like very short beds. The ledges are much too short for a person of ordinary size, leading to the local legend that the chamber was cut for dwarves, hence the name 'Dwarfie Stane'. Another theory is that the chamber was a hermit cell.
Just outside the opening is a sandstone block used to seal the entrance. Records indicate that the tomb was sealed as late as the 16th century.
About Dwarfie Stane
Address: Hoy, Quoyness, Orkney, Orkney, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Near the north end of Hoy, between Quoyness and Rackwick
Website: Dwarfie Stane
Photo Credit: Catherine Morgan, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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