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Tomb of the Eagles

Liddle, KW17 2RW, Scotland
+44 1856 831339
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We visited this site today. On discovering the length of time the talk and walk would be we decided... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Joyce M
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Definitely worth a visit

There were many artifacts found on the site and the very informative staff talk to you about them... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
quirky-savage
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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 18 May 2017 via mobile

We visited this site today. On discovering the length of time the talk and walk would be we decided to do the walk only. £6 each to walk one mile to see a tomb where you had to slide in on a trolley (nobody told...More

Thank Joyce M
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you for letting us know of your disappointment. I am very sorry that the staff did not refer the issue to us while you were here, so that we could have tried to alleviate the problem. Everyone is offered information talks (which include the...More

Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

There were many artifacts found on the site and the very informative staff talk to you about them and you can even handle some of them (that's the artifacts not the guides). You then walk down the fields to the site and enter the tomb...More

Thank quirky-savage
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

You are right...we do loan out wellies, waterproofs, hats, scarves and gloves if visitors arrive unprepared for our unpredictable weather! Glad you enjoyed your experience and thank you very much for taking the time to post a review.

Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed touring this prehistoric site. It was pretty awesome pulling myself in a wagon just to get into the tomb, entire site was well taken care of And maintained and management and staff were very friendly.

Thank Dave L
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2017

Thank you very much for all the compliments..they say people are friendlier, the further north you go.

Reviewed 6 May 2017

The introductory presentation at the visitor centre was excellent and gave a good insight into the history of the tomb and the people who used it. The tomb itself is a short walk from the visitor centre on a good path. It is worth returning...More

Thank John G
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Thanks very much for reporting on your enjoyable tour. The cliff walk will be even better as the season goes on when the wild flowers are named as they appear. Orkney offers lots of 'magic' experiences.

Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

The visitor centre guides are fabulous. We got to touch and feel real Neolithic artefacts (our favourite were teeth and a human skull) Their knowledge brought the place to life. It's worth visiting after Maeshowe so you can compare both.

Thank bigsmileygirl
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

The guides will be delighted with your comment! Thank you. Some of the Maeshowe tour guides say 'they have the beautiful building and the Tomb of the Eagles has the original artefacts'....both places have a special experience to offer.

Reviewed 2 May 2017

At first we weren't sure if a trip to this tomb and museum is really worth the time and entrence fee, since we already saw a lot of neolithic and bronze age settlements, tombs and so on. But this one was quite different and thus...More

Thank ToniBlubb
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Your review is very much appreciated..thank you. Decades ago those concrete roofs were the design used by the Council to preserve such tombs. South East gales batter the coast over the wintertime and a substantial structure was required.

Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

We would recommend a visit. It is at the far end of the island, but the roads to get there are easy and it doesn't take long. The tour begins with a couple of talks about the two different sites. This may seem a bit...More

Thank CG101010
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Thank you very much for writing such a detailed review. The experience of handling some original artefacts really does bring history to life and, by taking part in the interactive talks, questions can be answered right away. Talks can usually be tailored to suit the...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

Stopped by here on our way to the south of the Orkneys, which is a worthwhile drive in itself with the beautiful scenery. We were given an introductory talk by the owner/discoverer's daughter which was full of valuable information (and very good for children if...More

1  Thank Jez B
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your visit. The walk turns into a flower trail once the wild flowers come into bloom. Your review is much appreciated.

Reviewed 16 April 2017

Walk to site and back has stunning views. The site itself is fu. For kids to get in and out of on rope pulley. Site irself ok but lacks professional architectural oversight i think. Does not compare to maershow burial site (excuse spelling). The family...More

Thank janelassey
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are sorry that your expectations were not met in this case. The centre talks are not compulsory and can often be altered to suit the needs of the group. All the interpretation is in...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

Absolutely brilliant trip to Tomb of the Eagles. We love the enthusiasm of all the guides and their hands on approach to sharing their passion. The breathtaking views and natural approach to how everything is presented is refreshing. Would definitely recommend and will certainly visit...More

1  Thank Stinchy
Freda_TotE, Owner at Tomb of the Eagles, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2017

Your wonderful report is very much appreciated...thank you. We do enjoy taking history to life ....having original artefacts to handle really helps.

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