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“Very interesting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Skara Brae

Skara Brae
B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
+44 (0)1856 841 815
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Stromness
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the attraction presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago. Visitors can experience a prehistoric village and see ancient homes fitted with stone beds, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house.
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Great ruin that is worth visiting. Excellent write up regarding the site and little plaques around the site to give you information on the different areas

Visited April 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

A truly wonderful place. It sends a shiver down the spine. We visited on a very cold, windy but sunny March day and there was only one other person visiting so almost to ourselves. What an honour. Special thanks go to the young lady from Scottish Heritage who was bravely stood in the cold answering any questions with obvious pride and a great depth of knowledge.

Visited March 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Neolithic Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Had a great time at Skara Brae. Visited as part of my private tour with Orkney Uncovered. Great way to spend a couple of hours. The site itself is very well looked after and the views over the atlantic great. Good place for hot cup of coffee as well!

Visited March 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“5000 years old and still going strong”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The site is well signposted and has a good car park. there is a quick film explaining what is known about the site and a small exhibition and there is a replica house (with a larger entrance to allow the more rotund modern visitor access!) just outside the entrance. The replica house is impressive - quiet but damned cold without the fire that would normally be there. The beds and dresser were well designed and practical though.
The site itself is a few minutes walk and has a clear path to be followed to prevent erosion of the fragile buildings. We were lucky as the site was empty but I can imagine it being frustrating on a crowded summers day. The on site guide (Diane?) was brilliant - very knowledgable, friendly and chatty and the chap on the ticket desk was a good laugh too. Having staff that are obviously interested in their customers having a good time and making the most of their visit makes a huge difference to the experience!

Visited February 2013
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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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“Could have been so much better.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Skara Brae was a site that intrigued me from childhood. It was fantastic to see but slightly disappointing due to number of tourist coaches arriving at the same time as we did.

The site seems to cater more for the American market (the historical timeline on the approach to the site links events of American history and seems to miss out Scottish history entirely)

Visited June 2012
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