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“Unspoilt, not Disney tour”

Banks Chambered Tomb
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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288 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Unspoilt, not Disney tour”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

This isn't a Historic Scotland site. It is privately owned. A guide spends about 45 minutes with you talking about what they have found at the tomb. You get to see and handle artefacts.

Most of the tomb hasn't been excavated. You need to be reasonably fit to get in the entrance shaft, it is a only a metre or so high. You are in the tomb, only for 15 mins or so but it is worth it. This place hasn't been Disneyfied. The owners clearly care and the guide is passionate. Really worth seeking out if you want to get a feel for an unexplored and spoilt Neolithic tomb.

The owners of the ton,b own the bistro next door too. We just had coffees. It looks nice.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank gisUk
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Fredrikstad, Norway
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“Must see - newfound chambered tomb from the stone age”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Alongside sites like Maeshowe and Skara Brae : this newly found chambered tomb from the neolittic period is amazing. Privately owned and cared for with a splendid visitor centre , a bistro and perhaps the best view in all of Orkney. You get to see up close some of the artefacts from the "Tomb of the Otters". You are also allowed to visit the chambered tomb, - an exiting experience on all four through a very narrow passage, with a torchlight in your hand. Absolutely outstanding and quite unique.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Øyvind A
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