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Tomb of the Eagles

Liddle, KW17 2RW, Scotland
+44 1856 831339
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Great morning

Had a great morning here with the family lot's to see and learn.The staff are friendly and helpful... read more

Reviewed yesterday
David R
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A must do on Orkney

Very well informed staff, good engaging lesson on neolithic ancestors. Artifacts passed around... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
DanDale
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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 yesterday 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
Reviewed 5 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 2 days ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tomb of the Eagles has a small but very good interpretive Centre with wonderful, knowledgeable staff who gave a great overview of the Centre that was enjoyed by the children as well as the adults. The walk to the tomb itself was quite long but...More

Thank Jan S
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for your praise. We do try, whenever possible, to pitch the talks to suit the audience so that all age groups are catered for. There is a great deal of information on offer and archaeology never stands still so there is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's many years since I last visited the tomb so thought it time for a return trip. Some things have changed e.g an enhanced and slicker museum and information boards and an introductory video and talk with a chance to handle artefacts. The walk and...More

Thank Julie P
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to send such a comprehensive review. 15 years have passed since we moved premises. There are now 3 interpretation rooms for Bronze Age, Stone Age and, our latest, the Mesolithic period - explaining the sea level change...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite a long presentation before going to the tomb itself. Very interesting it was too. We'd been warned before in lots of places that you should use the primitive trolley - on your back pulling on the overhead rope to get in - but the...More

Thank John B
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Presentations can often be altered to suit the needs of visitors. They just need to voice any concerns at the reception desk and we do our utmost to accommodate any issues. The trolley has entertainment value for those who wish to use it but, you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tomb of the eagles was fascinating what a wonderful discovery. Family run which was lovely with a gift shop, tearoom and toilets on site. The walk to the tomb is flat and easy to do with a cliff walk back round to the centre....More

Thank Fiona F
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks you very much for the 5 stars and taking the time to send in a review. Can I please just add a couple of small alterations to save confusion to future visitors. The easiest way to go along the 3 metre passageway is on...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is unusual to be so hands in on with ancient life and this site is a credit to the family. Allow at least 1.5 hours as you'll need to walk to the site from the centre.More

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

Your review is much appreciated- thank you. It is the 'hands-on' exhibition that makes the tour unique and also adds to the time taken when artefacts are passed around the group. The walk is interesting as it passes through farm land and along the dramatic...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had no idea what to expect when I visited the Tomb of Eagles and to be honest, I was not really looking forward to it that much. As it turned out, it was a great way to spend 2-3 hours. The talk and the...More

Thank Kenneth H
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are delighted we exceeded your expectations! Many people love the 'pensioners skateboard' to lie on as their means of getting into the tomb...using hands and knees like the Neolithic people is the easiest method. For anyone unable to walk to the tomb, or get...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting - loved the talk & displays before hand. Longish walk on dry day was okay, but were given accurate details of timing and distance. Tomb is interesting and very curious. Walk back along cliff path was beautifulMore

1  Thank maggie2605
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks you very much for reviewing your visit...glad you enjoyed it. The tomb is approximately a mile from the centre. If mobility is a problem then vehicles can be taken about half way along the farm road. In dry weather there is access to the...More

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