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Tomb of the Eagles

Liddle, KW17 2RW, Scotland
+44 1856 831339
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Very enjoyable

The tomb of the Eagles was not somewhere that we originally planned to go but our hosts spoke very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alex R
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Beautifully organised but not over-organised

Excellent visitors' centre and helpful staff, talking through the exhibits with plenty of stuff to... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
Paul S
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Perched above the dramatic South Ronaldsay cliffs, the Isbister Chambered Cairn - better known today as the ‘Tomb of the Eagles’ - is one of Orkney’s top archaeological sites. Discovered by chance by local farmer Ronnie Simison in the 1950s, the Stone Age tomb revealed an amazing collection of bones and artefacts, placed here some 5,000 years ago. Roughly half a mile inland from the tomb is a Bronze Age site. It comprises a mound of burnt stone and the remains of a stone building, named after the ‘Liddle’ farm where Ronnie uncovered them. Excavations at the site have led to important discoveries about how people lived and worked in Orkney 3,000 years ago.Enjoy a unique ‘hands-on’ experience at the Visitor Centre, where you can see, and enjoy the privilege of handling some of the original artefacts found at the sites. During the main visitor season, fascinating displays and daily talks offer insights into the lives of these Stone Age and Bronze Age people. Explore some of the questions which remain unanswered. The Gift Shop offers a wide range of items, including many local crafts, books, hot and cold drinks and Orkney ice cream. There is a stunning walk from the Visitor Centre to the tomb, via the Bronze Age site - approximately 1 mile along a well-marked path. The maritime heath and grassland is alive in the summer with birds and wild flowers. More than 50 years after Ronnie Simison came across these remarkable sites, his family invite you to come and enjoy these well-loved visitor attractions.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tomb of the Eagles was not somewhere that we originally planned to go but our hosts spoke very highly of it and they were right. The lady in the farmhouse (who owns the archaeological site) is charming, enthusiastic and has a wealth of amazing...More

Thank Alex R
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Delighted to hear your hosts convinced you to make the trip! Thanks very much for taking the time to send in a review of your enjoyable experience.

Reviewed 1 November 2017

Excellent visitors' centre and helpful staff, talking through the exhibits with plenty of stuff to hold and feel, which makes all the difference. The staff were managing despite it being Sept and student volunteers having gone home now, and in fact all staff spoke confidently...More

Thank Paul S
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Your review is very much appreciated and we are glad you found the information so interesting...it is fascinating to learn how our ancestors lived. Thankfully, the time the students usually return to university coincides with a natural reduction in visitor numbers for the season and...More

Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We loved the personal interpretation in the visitor centre and the actual skulls and artefacts that we could look at. There is a very nice walk to the tomb (albeit wet). The tomb itself is located on the edge of the cliffs. The entrance is...More

Thank 75Dee
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

It's the season for the grey seals to pup indeed...a bonus for this time of year. We have had many a success with people who are claustrophobic when they crawl in backwards and they can look at the horizon. When inside there is plenty of...More

Reviewed 30 October 2017

Visited Tomb of the Eagles with my son last week, while we were having a few days in Orkney on our trip from Australia. The visit added to our wonderful time in this special place. It was good to get some context before we set...More

Thank Lindsay J
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Delighted the experience added so much to your holiday. Yes, the route can be muddy at this time of year...hopefully, it will dry out before the start of the 2018 season! Thank you very much for your positive review.

Reviewed 28 October 2017

There are three interpretive rooms in the visitor centre before going out to the settlement & then the Tomb. On the one hand it's amazing that these relics from our distant past were so well preserved on private land & it's good for children to...More

Thank 44AlanS
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you very much for posting your experience. Apologies if you were force-fed information. Sometimes it can be difficult to read the situation - especially if children are present, as the talk needs to be offered at their level in order to keep them engaged....More

Reviewed 28 October 2017

A bnch of young teenagers are active in this place. I had one of the best tours here, best advice and expereince all within the time to catch the ferry. Worth it. Ask how tell the difference between various pre-historic periods. Feel the pre-historic objects....More

Thank rv15243
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Your review is ver much appreciated...thank you. We have a few 'geriatric' tour guides as well...to balance the workforce! As a family-run attraction, we can offer a different visitor experience.. often tailored to suit the audience, time available and ability.

Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Loved my trip to Tomb of the Eagles! The presentation was so informative and it was great getting context for what I was about to see. It was very hands on and I felt very privileged to be touching 5000 year old tools. My walk...More

Thank Ashleigh W
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you very much for your heartfelt review....I reckon you should be employed as our advertising agent! Delighted that you enjoyed the experience.

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Had a great morning here with the family lot's to see and learn.The staff are friendly and helpful and know everything you need to know. Nice size gift shop ,definitely worth a visit, cliff walk is great and if your lucky you mite see a...More

Thank David R
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thanks very much for taking the time to review your visit. The seals are a bonus indeed. At this time of year they are about to 'pup' so they are checking out the beach as a suitable 'maternity ward'.

Reviewed 12 October 2017

Very well informed staff, good engaging lesson on neolithic ancestors. Artifacts passed around. Tomb itself is a good walk from the reception, wet weather gear was provided (well done). Great little trolley to get into the tomb, walk back along cliffs was exhilarating in a...More

Thank DanDale
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thanks for the wet weather gear compliment! Waterproofs and wellies can be borrowed if the weather is in an unfriendly mode - along with hats, scarves and gloves. There is no 'bad weather' in Orkney...only 'inappropriate clothing' and we do our best to ease that...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Such a good place to visit. You are taken into various rooms and the time that room relates to is explained, before moving on to the next room in the timeline. You then take the easy walk of around a mile to the tomb, via...More

Thank Jonquil F
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thank you very much for sharing your rewarding experience. Naming the wild flowers has been a huge success these past few years - visitors take photos of them, so I try to keep that in mind when placing the sticks. Unfortunately, at this time of...More

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