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A group of islands lying at the north‐east tip of Scotland. The islands are rich in archaeological monuments. Skara Brae is a well‐preserved prehistoric village, Maes Howe the best of a series of impressive prehistoric burial cairns, and numerous brochs and settlements attest to the islands' Pictish and Viking periods. Orkney, together with Shetland, became part of Scotland in consequence of the marriage of Margaret of Denmark‐Norway to James III of Scotland in 1469.

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