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“Fascinating Neolithic and Viking History”
Review of Maeshowe

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3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Stenness
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering. This chambered tomb, which sits on a platform encircled by a ditch, is a monument to the skill and beliefs of Orkney's people some 5,000 years ago. If you visit in midwinter - and the skies are clear - you can witness the central chamber illuminated by a shaft of light from the setting sun. Maeshowe's unique story continued with it was broken into about 1,000 years ago by Norsemen. They left their mark in the astonishing runic graffiti, alongside the stunning 'Maeshowe Lion' carving. Visits are by guided tour only. Tours depart from the new Maeshowe Visitor Centre (at Stenness), postcode KW16 3LB. Tours are hourly and start at 10am with the last tour at 4pm. All visits must be booked in advance to guarantee entry. This also applies to Historic Scotland members and Explorer/Orkney Pass holders, but entry is free as normal.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were drawn here after visiting Newgrange in Ireland. Maeshowe has it's own character and history that make it unique. Don't forget to book ahead, and wear a hat when you go through the low tunnel.

Thank Footsie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited and loved every second of our tour of the incredible Maeshowe, don’t be afraid of going through the tunnel, as long as you can bend down and shuffle walk for 20 seconds you will be just fine. And our tour guide Sarah just made our experience funny, welcoming and so informative. Very special moment.

Thank prettyinkstainz
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Neolithic burial site involving a narrow and low entrance leading into a large chamber with 3 burial chambers - uniquely positioned to catch the sun on the shortest day -see You tube - the upside is a excellent description - on our visit by Robert - full of wit and stories covering the original ‘residents’. And the Viking raiders who found it in the 1100s and left behind graffiti - as ever. Need to book but great value as an explained experience. Avoid if seriously claustrophobic and cross the road carefully!

Thank osmium2046
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

I visited Orkney for the first time in my life with my 18 yr old daughter. I was aware of its rich history, having done a project about Skara Brae in primary school.
A family friend recommended a visit to Maeshowe and so we took a guided tour with Kerry. Her enthusiasm and passion for Maeshowe was obvious and infectious. The information and stories were fascinating with great one liners to keep the audience enthralled.
And when the lights were dimmed that’s when the hidden treasures of the runes came to life, amazing!! The “mascot” of Maeshowe was my favourite surprise!
When we came out, it was to glorious sunshine, felt like a rebirth - okay maybe a bit dramatic - but a wonderful experience. Even better to know it’s in my own country.
So, go on, explore our land, the treasures you will find have been here longer than the pyramids of Egypt!

Thank kaz796
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

We paid for a rover ticket to see this among other attractions. When we got to the place, we had an interesting conversation with the staff there. You can't go except on an hourly guided tour. Yuck, but oh well. You have to leave your car a mile away and get a shuttle bus. Seems a bit silly but I suppose so. Oh, and photography is not allowed. What? Why's that then? Oh, it's policy. And what's the reason for the policy? They scratched their heads. Like nobody had ever asked this. Eventually one of them said it was because it's too crowded. Yet they decide how many tickets they sell! Seems obvious, just sell fewer! We didn't go in on principle, even after having paid for a ticket, and I recommend you not to go, unless you appreciate being treated as a cash crop. Noticeable that there was no hint of apology from the staff. They did recommend the free tomb at Cuween, which is definitely worth seeing.

Thank John M
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