A unique site in a quiet location that played a vital role in the story of St Magnus.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while Historic Environment Scotland undertakes high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the church and some headstones. The majority of the graveyard is accessible.
Egilsay isn't always on everyone's island itinerary, but it's a location that has played a central role in one of Orkney's most famous stories.
St Magnus was murdered here more than 900 years ago - a small cenotaph close to the kirk marks the actual spot of his execution - but this ancient building bearing his name stands as testimony to the wealth and power of Orkney's Norse rulers.
The now roofless 12th century kirk is arguably the finest surviving Norse church in Scotland, behind only St Magnus Cathedral. Built with three parts, its tall, round tower was probably originally at least four metres higher than it stands today. There are similar sites in Germany and around the North Sea.
It stands on a small hill with commanding views over the surrounding islands, showcasing its importance to the Orcadian community nearly 1000 years ago.