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Address: Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
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+44 1856 841815
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The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of...

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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If you love your history this is definitely a must !! Lots to do ans see, go into a mock up home from the village, see artifacts, explore the area. Onsite cafe was very good but a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Obviously Skara Brae has huge historical significance, but for a Dad to pay the entry fee for the whole family, entry costs are too high (adult daughter, my grown up son and his wife plus their son - i.e. 5 adults and one child), caused us to go to other equally interesting, but free sites on Orkney. Read up in... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love your history this is definitely a must !! Lots to do ans see, go into a mock up home from the village, see artifacts, explore the area. Onsite cafe was very good but a tad expensive, the souvenir shop is the same. All that been said I would go back again.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Scara Brae is simply a must see if visiting the Orkneys, to see how these people lived so long ago in such vivid detail and to be able to get so close is remarkable. Remember, this Stone Age Neolithic village is older than the pyramids! Visit highly recommended!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I found this place to be so intriguing. How in the world these people lived is so curious to me. The surrounding grounds were wonderful. I enjoyed the fields of cattle and sheep, the waterfront and the winds that smelled of ocean. Beautiful place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Visited this place and were not disappointed. Still a lot to discover about how people lived in this place. Worth protecting from the elements and interesting how it had been discovered after a stormy occasion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Give yourself a few hours here, very interactive, chldren love it and there was an electric 4 wheel scooter for my elderly mother. Nice cafe too. If oyu hold an 'English Heritage ' membership card you get in free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

It was a long held ambition to visit Skara Brae and it did not disappoint. I thought that it was a real privilege to be able to visit the site and to be able to get as close as we did. I was so enthralled with the view of the settlement that I didn't want to leave. What an amazing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is the most important historical site in Orkney, and indeed Europe's most complete Neolithic settlement, even older than Stonehenge. It was truly amazing to see how well preserved this ancient village is, and the visitors centre is very informative and well designed. Loses a star for the cafe though, food is not great and overpriced. Still, if you're in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Skara Brae predates Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt. That alone is incredible but to see the architecture of the small settlement (and the fact that it is still standing) and how the community interacted is a wonder. The planning of it all in that far off time is amazing - covered passageways and even a fresh water stream and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Our group of four and a lovely and enthusiastic tour guide had the entire site all to ourselves as a large full moon came up in the horizon. I just loved it. I recommend buying the Askari Brae guide book also

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