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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
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"skaill house"
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"neolithic village"
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"visitor center"
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"step back in time"
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"visiting orkney"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is amazing to think that this is an organised settlement that is even older than what are considered to be ancient civilisations. So stand aside you classical scholars, there is history that predates your studies! Informative mock up of how a broch looked but...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Why come to Orkney if not to see Skara Brae? I and my wife have had the good fortune to travel to many places in the world – and this is my seventh and her third trip to Scotland – and Skara Brae is truly...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Skara Brae is amazing.You really need your own transport if you want to stay a while at the site.Stagecoach buses do an excellent package for £12 with pickups in Kirkwall and Stromness called T11 but only stops at Skara Brae for about 1 hour.The Drivers...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Skara Brae is a beautiful setting for this historic settlement on Orkney. The paths among the ruins provide a visual record of how people lived centuries ago.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

You have to pay but you get an informative exhibition, replica house to enter, a pleasant walk to the real thing and a pleasant tour of a laird's house.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited Skara Brae many years ago but this is now a much improved visitor attraction. The visitor centre brings Skara Brae to life. Skaill House is also very interesting. Nice looking cafe too, although we didn't partake.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Had explorer pass which was a help. Beautiful setting next to sea. Watched birds and cormorants on beach. What an ideal setting for the village. Helpful staff who were on site to explain things if we asked them. Loved every minute of our visit.

Thank Rosamund B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit. A good visitor centre, with interesting interpretation laid out to separate the fact from speculation - not something I had seen before, and a welcome change in an archaeological site. Outside the centre there is a mock-up of a neolithic house,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Skara Brae has a visitor center where you can buy your tickets to view the site and there is a restaurant and bathrooms. The site itself is very interesting and can be viewed in an hour or so. You can also choose to visit the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I agree with the other reviewers about how interesting this site is, but just wanted to mention that if you have an English Heritage membership card you get free admission to Skara Brae and Skaill House, and lots of other places in Orkney too (Bishops...More

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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!
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Beachsidegirl
25 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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Ellen C
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....
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