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Skara Brae

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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...more
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Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

How can you begin to grasp the concept of people and culture existing 3000 years BC? What a well laid out historical journey to visit skara brae- skaill house beside it well worth a visit also .

Thank Romanyred
Reviewed 4 days ago

I am so pleased we visited Skara Brae. This site is a highlight of my time on Orkney. The introductory video and small museum sets you up well to understand the site. Take the time to read the information boards so you truly understand the...More

Thank Bridget P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I’ve been wanting to see this for years since I first learnt about it in history at school. Finally being here was truly amazing. I wasn’t prepared for the beautiful landscapes that are there as a backdrop. Another place where a tour would be well...More

Thank Lauren G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A really interesting place with a wonderful historical story. Absolutely fascinating. Lovely cafe and exhibition as well.

Thank GregQ28
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a fascinating place to visit with a good visitor centre and friendly staff. Because of its popularity thee are restrictions on entering the actual ruins but there is a very good reconstruction of one of the dwellings that you can explore freely. Because...More

Thank CGeorge1945
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visitor centre small, but perfectly formed. Love the reconstruction just outside before you go on to the main event. The walk down to the site is marked by key historic dates, this emphasising how old the site is. It is so impressive, I wanted to...More

Thank andrewschumm
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a treat. The tour was very interesting particularly the time line of when skara Brae was built. Th exhibition explains the setting and what was found on the site. Well worth a visit

Thank Retreat18
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Skara Brae on a very windy day. There's a good little section telling you all about the settlement. At the start of the site, they have made a mock up of what one of the houses would have looked like. Complete with roof....More

Thank Ladylee33456
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although we found this to be a wonderful museum and archeological site that is interpreted excellently, be sure to go when it opens. A number of tour buses arrived right after we did, negatively impacting our visit. Too many people crowded into the small cafe...More

Thank Leslie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is amazing what people in Europe find on their land. This is a fantastic excavation—watch the film first, especially if you don’t have a guide. Not only is the site very interesting but so in the ocean. Very cold and showers spring up whenever...More

Thank Susan J
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1 July 2018|
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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|
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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...
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10 February 2018|
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Response from IanGBradford | Reviewed this property |
An hour or so- but we were on a tour! At least 2 hours would be better....