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Skaill House

Skaill House Breckness ESTATE, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
+44 1856 841501
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original building added to over the years. houses part of the dinner service taken abroard by... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
shoemaker_10
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Ok, but not worth the money

A lovely setting and a lovely house but all based around Skara Brea and you wouldn’t visit the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Doug_421
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Skaill House is the finest 17th Century mansion in Orkney. Home of William Graham Watt, 7th Laird of Breckness, who unearthed the World famous neolithic village of Skara Brae in 1850. Covering thousands of years of history, Skaill House is renowned for its contribution to Orkney's diverse and exciting past. The house was originally built in 1620 by Bishop George Graham (Bishop of Orkney 1615-1638), and has been added to by successive generations over the centuries. In its 400 year evolution, all 12 Lairds have been related, contributing to the history and collections in the house. Today, after careful restoration work, the house is open to the public and entry is included in a joint ticket with Skara Brae, which is just a 200m walk away. There are many rooms to explore and stories to uncover. Visitors can experience a family home as it was in the 1950s, and discover the items collected by the family since the 17th Century. Neolithic and Iron Age finds, Captain Cooks's dinner service, the Bishop's bed , and Stanley Cursiter paintings are a few of the many fascinating items on exhibition here. Children are very welcome here at Skaill House, and can join in our much loved Viking hunt as they explore the rooms of the house. The house abounds with ghost stories to capture their imagination during their vis
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Skaill House Breckness ESTATE, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

original building added to over the years. houses part of the dinner service taken abroard by Captain Cook.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A lovely setting and a lovely house but all based around Skara Brea and you wouldn’t visit the house if it was on it’s own

Thank Doug_421
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Home of the finder of skara Brae, well laid out free tour of a 17th century country mansion good information lots of interesting things to see.

Thank Rob M
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SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

HI Rob we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Skaill House. thank you for leaving a review best wishes Fraser (Manager)

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The owner of this manor house is the person who discovered Skara Brae when it was unearthed by a huge storm during Victorian times. The house is a very interesting place to discover information about Victorian life here. The displays and the info boards are...More

Thank Julie D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed looking through this house. Lots of interesting artefacts. Activities for children. I liked the information sheets in each room. Worth a visit but again way over priced gift shop.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Owned by the family that discovered Skara Brae it makes an interesting add on as Skara Brae is only a small site.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance fee to this place is part of your Skara Brae ticket and I think it is just as interesting. The owner discovered Skara Brae and brought in an expert archaeologist. There are lots of photos and information as well as a feel of...More

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SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Skaill House. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Many thanks Fraser (Manager)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visit itself was nice, and it was an interesting exhibition. But beware of the older swabian woman who was knocking at the door of the toilet while I was in the middle of the job. Once I finished and opened the door she just...More

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If walking through old houses is not the too of the list for your kids, be sure to ask about the Viking hunt. You search for 6 Vikings in various rooms and the kids get a treat in the shop at the end. It was...More

Thank Annette_and_Wes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can visit the house after seeing Skara Brae, because the ticket covers both. There are items of interest, but honestly it’s not a very attractive house, the rooms are low-ceilinged and mostly small. The story about the Viking skeletons below the entrance hall is...More

Thank Alan A
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