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St Mary’s Church, South Ronaldsay

This is the site of one of the oldest chapels in Orkney, possibly established in the 11th century. The present kirk dates from 1789-90 but the kirkyard around it is of a much earlier date. There are several stones of interest, and within the church is the well-known Ladykirk Stone, which has a pair of footprints carved into the surface. One story of the stone says the feet belonged to St Magnus, another that the stone is from Caithness, and that it is of Pictish origin.

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