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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
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All reviews replica house neolithic village short film actual site beautiful beach lived years ago old village stone age visitor center nice cafe well worth a visit step back in time mind blowing visiting orkney scones fascinating place gift shop
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Skara Brae is justly famous. The experience of walking through it is incredible, and we are so lucky it was discovered!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Erin188569
Reviewed 1 week ago

a lot to see and read here, you can pass couple of hours no problem, and have a eat and drink also. well stocked gift shop. I visited this time in early march so cafe was not up and working but the young lad on...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank talmine100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have been so lucky to travel, Pyramids of Giza, Taj Mahal, Hong Kong and more. I never realised the gem on our UK doorstep - Skara Brae. WE were lucky to have a personal tour guide on a cold March day...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Gordon H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Skara Brae takes you back into to Neolithic times. This ancient village has been unearthed to show art live in a village that dates back to before Christ. Kim was our guide and was a wealth of information. It’s a bit of a drive from...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 18RicH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very informative and well worth the cost of admittance. The video and museum is very informative and fascinating. Great way to learn about the colony that lived here SO long ago and to learn about their lives. Very fascinating that so long ago they could...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kate B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had read about Skara Brae and when we found an Oceania cruise to the Norwegian fjords that had a day on Orkney, we signed up. This day trip, which also included stone circles, was fabulous. Our guide was one of the archeologists working in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jeanseckblad
Reviewed 4 February 2019

Being the only Café close to Skara Brae, you just must go there. But it’s ok, because the place is nice, and within the Visitor Centre. The Café staff was professional yet rather cold… but this is kind of normal in places usually stormed by...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Elisabetta G
Reviewed 2 February 2019

Very well cared for place and habitations, open to the elements, which gives mind to what living there must have been like those thousands of years ago. The Site faces to the Northwest and is open to the sea. The only weather protection for those...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Yrneh1
Reviewed 22 January 2019

Arrived on a cold January day but the welcome at the reception desk was warm and friendly. First you are invited to watch a short film on the site and then have a look at the small exhibition.after that you go outside and into a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank s18drw
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Very well preserved site, multiple partly undergrounnd houses ... as if a Celt can walk out the house any moment. I visited in winter, only visitor, the wind was freezing, I hope these Celts were wearing better clothes than I did! A replica house is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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_sueward10hcr
1 July 2018|
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Response from O2550ICdavida | 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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