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Skaill House

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Visit this whist visiting Skara Brae

This is the house of successive Lairds until the most recent who opened the house up for visitors... read more

Reviewed February 2, 2019
Yrneh1
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Phoenix, Arizona
Lovely house but very expensive coffee shop

Visited here as included in a joint ticket with Skara Brae, and was welcome shelter from the arctic... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2018
Tracey S
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Andover, United Kingdom
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Skaill House is the finest 17th Century mansion in Orkney. Home of William Graham Watt, 7th Laird of Breckness, who unearthed the World famous neolithic village of Skara Brae in 1850. Covering thousands of years of history, Skaill House is renowned...more
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Skaill House Breckness ESTATE, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many varied aspects to visiting Skaill House from a Viking cemetery to a 1950s pink and grey bathroom! See the Dinner Service that Captain Cook's crew brought back from Hawaii following his murder, and the 1st Laird, Bishop George Graham's 2nd best...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed February 2, 2019

This is the house of successive Lairds until the most recent who opened the house up for visitors. It was a very interesting tour and better protection from weather than visiting Skara Brae.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 30, 2018

Visited here as included in a joint ticket with Skara Brae, and was welcome shelter from the arctic winds that were blowing on the day we visited. As it was low season only one lady operating the entrance and gift shop, but she was very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Tracey S
SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2019

Hello Many thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Skaill House. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Skaill House and the Skaill House gift shop. Thank you also for your kind words about the Skaill House staff...More

Reviewed November 18, 2018

With this being so close to Skara Brae, it's silly not to go see it. It's fun to walk through the house where the man lived who discovered Skara Brae. You can look down from the house and imagine what it must have been like...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Skaill House. We're delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit and your recommendation to other visitors. many thanks and best wishes Fraser

Reviewed November 17, 2018

The manor gives the feeling of loved family home with memorabilia and comfortable furnishings. The story of the discovery and careful conservation of the Skara Brae site by the past owner adds to the tour. We were glad that we took the time to see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2018

Good morning, thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Skaill House. we are delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for sharing your experience so that others may benefit from your experience. thanks again best wishes Fraser...More

Reviewed October 28, 2018

Great views and displays throughout. An interesting collection and nice souvenir shop. The attached wild birds of prey display is also worth seeing.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank malnico
SkaillHouse, Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

Hello many thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Skaill House. we're delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit. best wishes Fraser

Reviewed October 28, 2018

Great house in a wonderful location by Skaill bay. Fraser and Julie were very helpful, especially as we arrived very late off the ferry, the welcome pack was much appreciated. Lots to see and do, on our last day walking along the beach at Skaill...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Graham M
SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Hi Graham, thanks ever so much for taking the time to review your stay at Skaill House Apartments. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit - pity about the weather for your week though! :-) hope to see you both again... thanks again...More

Reviewed October 25, 2018

With your ticket to see the ancient Skara Brae you get to visit the more modern Skaill House. This beautiful home is situated a short walk from the active archeological site. The home is a comfort after the wild, wet weather. The staff is welcoming...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2018

Hello many thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Skaill House. we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and would recommend to other. thanks again best wishes Fraser

Reviewed October 23, 2018

A must when you visit Skara Brae. With so much ancient history here its interesting to see a property from the 1600s with just as interesting a story.

Date of experience: October 2018
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SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Hello thanks for taking the time to review your visit To Skaill House. we're delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit. best wishes Fraser

Reviewed October 19, 2018

A visit to Skaill House is really an adjunct to visiting Skara Brae and can be included in a single ticket price. The juxtaposition of the manor house adjacent to the Stone-Age site is rather remarkable and the link between the two even more so....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SkaillHouse, General Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2018

Hello thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Skaill House. we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit. best wishes Fraser

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