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Skara Brae

Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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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 life around 5,000 years ago. Visitors can experience a prehistoric village and see ancient homes fitted with stone beds, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house.
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Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the reasons we came to the Orkney islands. This was a settlement by the sea that over time became covered by sand. It was uncovered in 1850. The preserved neolithic homes which were connected by tunnels can be viewed from above....More

Thank Trainbook
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky to have a personal guide who loves the Orkney Islands. The rich history of this world renowned UNESCO site was well worth the rainy day visit. Happy to see the preservation of world history.

Thank vjv2007
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really interesting site. A pity our weather deteriorated to rain as well as wind and we ended up soaked! We were on a tour from a cruise ship berthed in Kirkwall. Our guide told us a lot about the history at Skara...More

Thank roaming_kiwi58
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a stop on the day trip through the Orkney Isles and we were fortunate that our driver Martin was also a registered guide. With the limited time available we hadn't time to take in the interpretive center and the dig site so Martin's...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I clearly remember how transfixed I was as a 12 year old pupil history pupil learning about Skara Brae for the first time. Since then (almost 50 years ago!) I have always wanted to visit the site. I was super impressed with what I saw...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Skara Brae is a world-renowned prehistoric site, one of the very few virtually complete neolithic villages in existence. The site looks out over a beautiful sandy beach and the blue Atlantic ocean beyond. The village was built out of stone to a detailed plan, with...More

Thank Transilvanien B
Reviewed 4 November 2017

It was lashing it down with rain and there were tour buses full of tourists, but it was one of the best days of our honeymoon. It was interesting, well preserved and well managed. The gift shop lovely and the cafe served delicious homemade soup....More

1  Thank Kimberley B
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We went at the end of October when there were few visitors so were able to move slowly round the site soaking up the atmosphere of this special place. A wander down to the pristine beach is a must and a visit to Skaill House...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 1 November 2017

The site itself is small and understandably carefully controlled - you look down from pathways above, but it is astonishing to see. To get a real feel though, do go into the full-scale reproduction "complete house" by the visitors' centre (itself a very well done...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Go: that’s all I am going to say. Okay, maybe not. It’s such a well preserved heritage site, the interpretation is well done and I had the best bowl of Cullen skink, ever.

Thank 75Dee
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Helen D
5 September 2017|
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Response from Loves2TravelALOT_11 | Reviewed this property |
I think she can make it if you get a wheelchair and push her. The visitor center is alright but nothing like seeing the actual thing. Spectacular! If you can get a wheelchair and push her, the path is doable, just a bit... More
23 August 2017|
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Response from ARMMcG | Reviewed this property |
yes but the twighlight tours end in August I think
Richard M
7 May 2017|
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Response from Steven P | Reviewed this property |
No it is not