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Skara Brae

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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...more
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Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
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Want to see how people lived in Neolithic times....Visit Skara Brea. These well preserved ruins give you a glimpse back 5000 years and how the people lived here. Hopefully they will dig up and unearth more of the ruins they know are here. What a...More

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Reviewed yesterday

it took a while to see everything but it was good!!! We stopped at the Cafe and that was so nice especially on a cold day

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We got to Skara Brae right when it opened on a blustery day. There weren't many people there, only one other couple and us. We made our way through the entrance building and then out to the sight. We met one of the employees down...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing neolithic settlement with good visitor centre, an excellent reconstruction of a house that you can walk through, and the windswept site itself. We also visited Skaill House on the same ticket.

Thank sebkayak
Reviewed 1 week ago

Skara Brea is a site of old village. It is great, you need at least 2 hours to see it and I also recommend a walk on the sandy beach. The tea room and souvenir shop is well worth visit too. The colours and the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Scars Brae is a fantastic place to visit but be prepared it can be very windy as it is next to the sea and in the open. You can also have a meal and drink in the cafe after to warm up

Thank Carole A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Skara Brae offers five thousand years of history in a wild Atlantic setting. The nearby 16th century Skaill House only adds to the attraction and provides a contrast to the ancient stone dwellings.

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure if we should go to all of the Neolithic sites or not, but I am so glad we went. It's incredible to think of how intelligent the people had to be to think of this housing. I loved the gift shop and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another incredible place. It is a stone age village that was abandoned and filled with sand until discovered. it was underground and you can walk around and look down into the living spaces. You do get to go into one house that is...More

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A classic not to be missed on Orkney, full of history and intrigue. Unfortunately in an effort to make it too easy for the public the letters and numbers attached to the structures detract from their raw beauty and appeal.

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July 1, 2018|
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Response from David A | Reviewed this property |
There are very few trees in Orkney and I can only remember 1 or 2 bushes. You may well be able to take your dog with you as Skara Brae is outside. In any case, I doubt if it will be over 20 degrees!
March 25, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth B | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to hire a cab if you don't want to rent a car... there's probably tours from Kirkwall...
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February 10, 2018|
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Response from IanGBradford | Reviewed this property |
An hour or so- but we were on a tour! At least 2 hours would be better....