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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

Skara Brea is a site of old village. It is great, you need at least 2 hours to see it and I also recommend a walk on the sandy beach. The tea room and souvenir shop is well worth visit too. The colours and the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Scars Brae is a fantastic place to visit but be prepared it can be very windy as it is next to the sea and in the open. You can also have a meal and drink in the cafe after to warm up

Thank Carole A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Skara Brae offers five thousand years of history in a wild Atlantic setting. The nearby 16th century Skaill House only adds to the attraction and provides a contrast to the ancient stone dwellings.

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't sure if we should go to all of the Neolithic sites or not, but I am so glad we went. It's incredible to think of how intelligent the people had to be to think of this housing. I loved the gift shop and...More

Thank nicolebrubaker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another incredible place. It is a stone age village that was abandoned and filled with sand until discovered. it was underground and you can walk around and look down into the living spaces. You do get to go into one house that is...More

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A classic not to be missed on Orkney, full of history and intrigue. Unfortunately in an effort to make it too easy for the public the letters and numbers attached to the structures detract from their raw beauty and appeal.

Thank malnico
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Provides and very good insight into how people lived back in those days. The way it is presented is first rate and well worth a visit.

Thank AussiePD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the effort to visit this amazing ancient dwelling, visitor centre & historic house. Great reconstruction of these ancient homes and the original buildings hidden in the dunes discovered when storms revealed the dwellings in the 50s. Amazing original details of stone dressers, beds...More

Thank PaulP199
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating insight into the way our forebears lived. Excellent visitor centre and café, just what you need to warm up after visitng in the cold and wet.

Thank Rittmr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must-see place! Wow. The site is incredibly well-preserved, and I really appreciated the "reenactment" display you could walk through and touch. It's beautifully displayed. I appreciated that I could walk through at my own pace, without feeling rushed. Kudos to the Scottish...More

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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!
26 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....