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Tomb of the Eagles

Liddle, KW17 2RW, Scotland
+44 1856 831339
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Tomb and visitor centre

Excellent visitor centre with talks from staff about the tomb, and opportunity to see and handle... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Laura D
Amazing and interactive historical experience

Love the family's respect & reverence for this find, and how Kathleen & Eileen work so passionately... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Angela K
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Liddle, KW17 2RW, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Excellent visitor centre with talks from staff about the tomb, and opportunity to see and handle some of the artifacts there were found here which was amazing! Lovely walk to the tomb itself - I overheard that it is possible to drive there if not...More

Thank Laura D
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Love the family's respect & reverence for this find, and how Kathleen & Eileen work so passionately to preserve their fathers legacy. The talks in each room of the visitors centre with its focus on a particular time period was very informative and interesting. Viewing...More

Thank Angela K
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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Angela, thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit in such detail. Delighted that you had a great time. . Thanks.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting archaeological site, or series of sites, in its own right; with a first class visitor centre to boot. Not to be missed! There seem to be a few reviews which concentrate on the prices of this visitor attraction, saying it is too...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Much more than I expected. Great visitors centre, very interactive. Tomb and cliff walks with loads of birds were very nice. But the best thing was the staff, very friendly. We especially loved Marion, who was fantastic with the children and...More

Thank Angela M
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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thankyou very much for your wonderful review. Marion's 'Granny skills' come to the fore when children visit. I will certainly pass on your praise.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a talk before the visit to the tomb well delivered and full of information ,Lovely to handle some of the actual artifacts. The tomb is easy to crawl into or pull yourself along on a small cart. Once inside there is plenty of...More

Thank Carol C
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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Oh, thank you very much for such a comprehensive review. Delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great day at the Tomb of the Eagles visitor centre and then a chance to go into the tomb itself very very good and worth the effort.

Thank Alan F
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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for all the praise! We very much appreciate you taking the time to review your visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a big fan of all things historical and will support most causes but this place just plays to the commercial hype. At least 50% of people walked away from their extortionate prices and up selling techniques.

Thank Doug_421
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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for bringing these points to our attention. Please accept our apologies. An over-zealous trainee recruit has been checked, as such behaviour goes completely against the ethos of the Tomb of the Eagles.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of many Neolithic and Bronze Age tombs which can be visited in the Orkney Isles and gives an insight to the culture of those who built these structures. Many of the objects found in this and other tombs on the Islands will...More

Thank M P
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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thankyou very much for taking the time to send in a review...the 5 stars are much appreciated. We have a selection of original artefacts from both the Bronze Age and Stone Age sites that can be seen and handled in the centre....history comes to life...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really lucky getting to this phantastic Place. First: It´s a shame no bus is going there!!! Actually I just wanted to go to the Fossil Museum and then I got a lift to one of the most magical Places in Orkney. It´s a...More

Thank Susanne B
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Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Susanne, thank you so very much for the heartfelt review! It means so much to us when we succeed in delivering 'wow' factor. We are sorry there is no public transport to this end of the island. Some visitors hire local tour guides so they...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You are guided from start to finish by the lovely people here. Do as they ask and you won't go wrong, it really is as simple as. Great exhibits, clear information, even a chance to handle artifacts. Then easy walk to the tomb, taking in...More

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