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“viking graffiti”(75 reviews)
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Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering. This chambered tomb, which sits on a platform encircled by a ditch, is a monument to the skill and beliefs of Orkney's people some 5,000 years...more
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Ireland Rd, Stenness KW16 3LB, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really can't speak highly enough of Maeshowe. We went slightly before the tourist season and were very, very lucky to turn up and be able to go on a tour, but booking is strongly recommended. It is a popular place to visit, and to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Erin188569
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Managed to squeeze in on a tour (since I was flying solo) and was amazed at the history inside Maeshowe. Had a great tour guide, who you could tell was into his job, explain the history of this ancient site. Very interesting, only bummed that...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kate B
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

Maeshowe’s secrets were revealed by our guide Ellie in a fascinating hours tour. We may not have seen the winter solstice but we felt privileged to have seen the Viking graffiti Recommend a trip here if you are visiting Orkney.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FrancesAndLee
Reviewed 21 December 2018

This is a carefully thought out tour with entertaining guides. The visitor center doesn't have a great deal of explanation for what you'll see, but you'll undoubtedly need to spend a bit of time there waiting for the bus. All the participants then load onto...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Bryan K
Reviewed 10 November 2018

Turned up on spec not realising you need to book on a tour. Were very lucky to get on a tour with just one other person. Short bus ride then a walk. They don't warn you there's a walk down a low passageway into the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 November 2018

Its a pain to get into this. You can book tickets on line, which I did from the hotel, but you have to take the time that you can get. This takes a lot of time. You arrive at the visitor center, good tourist items...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ken L
Reviewed 22 October 2018

In every sense of the phrase, one "steps into history" at Maeshowe. A guided tour here is truly a memorable experience. It is inconceivable to go to the Orkneys and not visit this site.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David K
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

You can only visit Maeshowe on a guided tour but I wouldn't have it any other way! You meet at the visitor centre (which has a well stocked little souvenir and book shop) and ride a bus to the site with your guide. Then you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bethmaryclayton
Reviewed 15 October 2018

We loved our visit here, made all the more special by our tour guide, Robert. His knowledge is vast and his method of delivery was informative, entertaining and had the odd moment of drama thrown in. The site itself is shrouded in mystery and legend...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ena-Bill
Reviewed 13 October 2018

There is so much history in Scotland. It is full of wonderful sights and people. Wish I was still there. Highly recommend a visit, simply gorgeous.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EileenHurley
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Anna C
14 April 2017|
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Response from cjdwan08 | Reviewed this property |
The pier workers were able to call a taxi for me so that shouldn't be an issue. The taxi would need to take you to Skara Brae as that is where tours of Maeshowe are booked (Skara Brae is also EXTREMELY worth seeing). The... More
20 March 2017|
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Response from Mary C | Reviewed this property |
You will have to get in touch with Orkney Tourist Board in Kirkwall. I don't have the answer to your questions as I drive myself around the mainland! Good luck and have a great trip !!
duncan m
20 February 2017|
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in my dotage traffic light may be the answer