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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 yesterday

I had never heard of Scara Brae until we stopped there on a bus tour. It is a fascinating ancient site. The walk to and around the site is beautiful. It is just above the beach. Being able to enter some of the huts gives...More

Thank okiesooner09
Reviewed 3 days ago

Located on the edge of the ocean backed by the magnificent mansion "Skaill House", this is a fascinating glimpse into a civilisation that existed in these harsh conditions over 5000 years ago. It was fascinating to tour the settlement, buried in sand and partially excavated...More

Thank TravellersGoldCoast
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Skara Brae is located on the edge of a beach with the Atlantic beyond and is nearly 5000 years old. It was not discovered until the 19th century, having been covered and protected by sand dunes for many centuries. The settlement is built using stone...More

Thank Foxymerlin
Reviewed 19 November 2017

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 16 November 2017

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 14 November 2017

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 13 November 2017

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 9 November 2017

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 8 November 2017

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

2  Thank Transilvanien B
Reviewed 5 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
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Helen D
6 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
24 August 2017|
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Response from ARMMcG | Reviewed this property |
yes but the twighlight tours end in August I think
Richard M
8 May 2017|
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Response from Steven P | Reviewed this property |
No it is not