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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 2 days ago

I have wanted to visit Skara Brae since I first heard about it from a TV programme many years ago, but its location means that it isn't easy to get to unless you are in the area. Therefore, when we were on a cruise that...More

Thank KeithJenner
Reviewed 3 days ago

Skara Brae is a neolithic city, believed to be the oldest known settlement in the world. Humbling to see people living here in ancient times. The homes were well designed with some unique features that might be considered modern. Definitely clever. Set on a beautiful...More

Thank GuruGreggo
Reviewed 4 days ago

We hiked to Skara Brae from Yasnaby Cliffs which was enjoyable on its own. There was something fascinating about approaching Skara Brae from the beach as opposed to from a parking lot. Even though you are supposed to pay admission at the visitor center the...More

Thank Andrew F
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed our visit to Skara Brae and Skaill House very much. The initial video was short and informative, the reconstructed neolithic home was lifelike and as I was the only one in it at the time, sparked the imagination! Then the path leading to...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Glad I was able to see this amazing ancient history. Prior to travelling I had never heard of Skara Brae but I've been telling everyone about it since I got home. A must see when in the Orkney Islands. Don't forget your insect repellent!

Thank kyzza01
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like ancient sites, you will appreciate the amazing Skara Brad. Set along the coast, the setting is breathtaking. You can see how people lived 5000 years ago. Quite spectacular.

Thank travelsedona150
Reviewed 1 week ago

To think that this was a thriving community several thousand years before the Pyramids and Stonehenge had even been thought of, is quite something!

Thank BeepeeFalkirk
Reviewed 1 week ago

Orkney is incredible so much to see amazing history this is just one example but a must do that will make you want to see more.

Thank spoonsown
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit was a tick on our bucket list and fulfilled all expectations. Ignore those who complain about the crowds when the cruise ships are in port, just wait quietly for 20 minutes and the crowd ebbs away again, off to visit Skail House, which...More

Thank Tranter
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently visited Skara Brae. Of course it was amazing, that goes without saying. However, what does require saying is that the staff are all lovely and helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about the site and they have no objection to standing in the rain and...More

Thank Jonquil F
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Helen D
5 September 2017|
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Response from Loves2TravelALOT_11 | Reviewed this property |
I think she can make it if you get a wheelchair and push her. The visitor center is alright but nothing like seeing the actual thing. Spectacular! If you can get a wheelchair and push her, the path is doable, just a bit... More
23 August 2017|
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Response from ARMMcG | Reviewed this property |
yes but the twighlight tours end in August I think
Richard M
7 May 2017|
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Response from Steven P | Reviewed this property |
No it is not