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Address: Liddle, KW17 2RW, Scotland
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Perched above the dramatic South Ronaldsay cliffs, the Isbister Chambered...

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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Absoloutly love orkney.

Can't believe you are allowed inside the tomb. What an experience, to go inside on a skate board lying down. The whole of orkney has so much to offer visitors and we had an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can't believe you are allowed inside the tomb. What an experience, to go inside on a skate board lying down. The whole of orkney has so much to offer visitors and we had an excellent week. This was one of my favourite things to visit. I will be back.

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

Orkney sure does have so much to offer ....something for everyone. The islands change with the seasons, time of day and especially the weather...can see all seasons in one day! Thank you very much for your review and hope it is not too long before you make it back to add to your lovely experience. More 

Dundee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

The family were helpful and gave us a choice if we wanted an introduction or not which was great as we had read about it beforehand and preferred that. The views are great of course and it was a nice and windy walk to the tomb. The familys dog kindly walked us all the way back to the centre. There... More 

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

Thank you very much for submitting a review of your enjoyable tour. Introductory information is offered before going on the walk as there is no interpretation at the sites. Some original artefacts can be handled during the talks which helps take history to life....so that unique experience is missed if visitors choose to miss out the talks. If there are... More 

Ravenshoe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Fabulous introduction before you go to the tomb. You can touch artifacs that are over 3000 year old. The family running the visitor centre and tomb have a great appreciation of the find. They have a room out the back worth seeing and is very kid friendly. Must see.

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

Sounds as though you thoroughly enjoyed your visit. Thanks very much for taking the time to send in a review. The 'room out the back' is just at the other end of the corridor to the other interpretation rooms.... it used to be the garage! It now proudly presents the latest scientific information relating to sea level changes in Orkney... More 

London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Visitors centre with giftshop, talks, toilets and coffee machine but no cafe. Incredible views but take waterproof clothing as weather changes quickly during clifftop walk.

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

You review is much appreciated...thank you. If people require a meal there is a bistro nearby and several more eating places in St Margaret's Hope. Should the weather be unfavourable, we offer wet weather gear (wellies, waterproofs, hats,scarves and gloves) to borrow if visitors are not suitably kitted out. More 

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We really enjoyed our visit. We liked the brief introduction and warm welcome. The talk was well planned and interesting, and being able to hold the relics was quite moving! The walk was well signed, and details such as providing knee pads and towels were practical and thoughtful.all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Thank you.

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely remarks...we do try to make everyone's experience relaxed and enjoyable. Our team all enjoy their work and take great pleasure in looking after the visitors and passing on their knowledge. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

A privately-run exhibit, the guide will introduce the information in a friendly, accessible way. You then take your time walking the beautiful, cliff-side mile to the tomb itself. Marion was so friendly. A unique way to experience very old history.

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

Sounds like our way of passing on history worked well for you. Orcadians are generally very friendly folk. Thanks very much for your compliments....they will be passed on to Marion. More 

Hagen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I was greeted at the entrance by a nice young lad (sadly i don't remember his name),who explained the site in general before i bought a ticket.After that,a small introductionary talk was held about the tomb and the iron age people by Will,another young lad,who was very informative and had a great sense of humour.Some of the artefacts can be... More 

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

Thank you very much Martin for your comprehensive feedback. We are very proud of our team who work very hard to give our visitors an memorable experience....and hopefully, lots to think about of how clever our ancestors were at living without modern technology. More 

Cornwall
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We really enjoyed this, our first experience of an Orkney tomb. The tour starts with a brief presentation at the visitor's centre, at which you can handle some of the artifacts, followed by a self guided tour. The walk is about a mile with an attractive alternative return route via a small stretch of the coastal path. You pull yourself... More 

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

Thanks very much for letting visitors know of your enjoyable experience. Many tour operators visit here first as it gives their visitors a good grounding for visiting other tombs where there are no guides as well as a general overview of the various time periods from the last Ice Age to Bronze Age. Our time lines are very much appreciated! More 

Tain, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Visited with family. Some really great history and a nice walk to the tomb. The inside of the tomb is interesting and the method of entry/exit very novel and fun!

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

The history available includes much more than the Stone Age Tomb as there is also a Bronze Age site on the farm. Additional to those, we now have a Mesolithic interpretation room explaining the sea level changes following the last Ice Age and what life for the first settlers would have been like. The method of entry/exit is remembered by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We visited Orkney at the end of our tour round Scotland and to be honest enjoyed this so much we felt we had to write a review! The staff were really enthusiastic which made a real difference. Getting to handle some of the Neolithic artefacts was amazing. Seeing inside the tomb itself was a great experience. We learnt so much... More 

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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this review

Your review is much appreciated...thank you. We work very hard at taking history to life in an easy and enjoyable way and it sounds like we succeeded! More 

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