We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 09:30 - 17:30
Book In Advance
All photos (1,003)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“replica house”(59 reviews)
“actual site”(33 reviews)
The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the attraction presents a remarkable picture of...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:30
See all hours
Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
Ways to Experience Skara Brae
from US$348.40
More Info
from US$90.70
More Info
from US$40.20
More Info
Reviews (1,703)
Filter reviews
1,529 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsreplica houseneolithic villageactual siteshort filmbeautiful beachstone agelived years agoold villagevisitor centernice cafewell worth a visitmind blowingstep back in timesconesvisiting orkneybucket listfascinating place
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,529 reviews
Reviewed yesterday

Skara Brae in a superbly well preserved Neolithic settlement situated on a beautiful sandy beach. The small neolithic village was covered by sand and grass for some 5,000 years, protecting it from the elements and preserving it almost intact. A big storm in 1850 "peeled"...More

Thank Shaked007
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nothing quite beats an evening in the sunshine, being allowed to explore inside the houses of the wonderfully preserved ‘hobbit-like’ village of Skara Brae, against the backdrop of one of Orkney’s lovely beaches. This evening tour of Skara Brae was one of the highlights of...More

Thank Thomson_Clan
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Stroll from the visitor centre back 5000 years. Fabulous location. Reconstruction allows visitors to get a real sense of how folks lived then. Nice visitor centre with shop & cafe. Orkney explorer pass allows entry to a variety of sites

Thank car-e237
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My two children and I visited Skara Brae for the second time last week (the third time for me) on one of our frequent trips to Orkney from the United States. We had the pleasure of purchasing our tickets from Kim, who made the surprising...More

Thank Jeanine G
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Skara Brae Visitor centre is about 7 mile from Stromness by sealed road. It has a car park for about 40 cars. There is fee to enter the site which includes the fee to visit Skaill House, nearby. The Visitors centre presents a short...More

Thank RetireeBob
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a well preserved Neolithic Village, the walk around is very nice and the scenery around it is beautiful, right along the sea with a nice beach. The history behind this is very interesting and there are plenty of information posters explaining everything to...More

Thank stephen b
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great site to visit and right on the sea so a very attractive location and you can stroll on the nearby beach. Free if you are an English Heritage Member as are a number of the other Neolithic sites. They did though have the...More

Thank Johntherunner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here one lovely afternoon with a group of about 15 friends. Skara Brae itself is over 3000 years old and is quite mind-boggling. It's actually a very small place, but situated on the edge of the sea with stunning vistas all around. There is...More

Thank capaton
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit. Very well preserved prehistoric settlement. You view everything from above following a path. There is usually a ranger there to answer any questions. There is a visitor centre giving more info as you enter.

Thank Walter D
Reviewed 1 week ago

It takes a lot to think how people lives so any years ago. How they lived in the community depicted and managed to go forward with what they had and the change of Political idealoligy. The history is fascinating and is long stretched out between...More

Thank BigAl1674
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
1 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from David A | Reviewed this property |
There are very few trees in Orkney and I can only remember 1 or 2 bushes. You may well be able to take your dog with you as Skara Brae is outside. In any case, I doubt if it will be over 20 degrees!
25 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from Elizabeth B | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to hire a cab if you don't want to rent a car... there's probably tours from Kirkwall...
Ellen C
10 February 2018|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from IanGBradford | Reviewed this property |
An hour or so- but we were on a tour! At least 2 hours would be better....