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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

We stopped here and walked through Skara Brae and were taken with how old and well preserved this site is, especially given it's proximity to the ocean. Amazing to see where the village used to be.

Thank Loves2TravelALOT_11
Reviewed yesterday

If you are going to the Orkney's this is a must see sight. The beach located just outside of this sight is also a gorgeous spot and worth seeing.

Thank holly5136
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There was a cruise ship in port today which explained why the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae were extremely busy! There had been many changes to the good since our last visit here including a replica of one of the rooms including the passageways...More

Thank alanblue722
Reviewed yesterday

We arrived about 1.5 hours before the attraction shut, That proved to be ample time to explore the visitor centre and Skara Brae itself. The entry fee isn't cheap, however if the money helps fund the development and maintenance of the site it is money...More

Thank Simon C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a knowledgeable guide and learnt a lot. The reconstruction of a house is impressive, especially if it's not too crowded. We were lucky with the weather and the stones and grass contrasted beautifully with the blue sky.

Thank Jenny W
Reviewed 3 days ago

My second visit to Skara Brae. Amazing place. Skara Brae is an unforgettable experience for me. Downside is - I came at the height of the tourist season! Not the NTS's fault of course, but if you want to have a good look and take...More

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited rather late in the day and met a very helpful lady at the gate who explained the site in great detail before we walked around.

Thank Fiona H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went without a guide and it was definitely worth while. There is an introductory film with a small museum and then the replica neolithic site. The actual site is +- 100m from the main building with the beach right next to it. You can...More

Thank Mia M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Needs to be booked in advance and has the advantage of being able to go inside the settlement after normal visiting hours. We had an excellent guide who explained everything in great detail. There were two mobility scooters available which my wife and I used...More

Thank Snorri1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

For a world heritage site it is disappointing that there main focus is fleecing the visitors. £7.50 to visit and learn the history. Shop is immensely overpriced and the cafe is £1.70 for a can of pop👎More

Thank 124hughie
ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Skara Brae, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to Skara Brae. The admission costs for our sites are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost not only contributes to maintaining this beautifully historic location but also contributes to preserving our...More

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Richard M
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Response from Steven P | Reviewed this property |
No it is not
Freya S
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Thank you for contacting us. Due to the nature of the site dogs are not permitted unless they are assistance dogs. More information can be found on our website.
19 July 2016|
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Response from Ashley F | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. The cafe is after the pay desk in the entrance building. I suggest you just ask. It would be a pity to go there just for the cafe, though. Skara Brae is a must see.