We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Small group experience

Tours limited to 2/3 people at a time as this is the most who can squeeze into the "open" part of... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2018
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
via mobile
Just the best visit

My wife and I arrived in time for lunch, and what a good lunch it was. I am a coeliac on a strict... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ellesmere, United Kingdom
Read all 36 reviews
All photos (13)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good8%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible19%
Travelers talk about
Open from May to August, we provide a guided tour of this 5,000 year old Neolithic Tomb. The tour is an experience unlike any other in Orkney today because it still contains human remains. Tours take approximately 45 minutes.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Skerries Bistro, KW17 2RW, Scotland
+44 1856 831605
Reviews (36)
Filter reviews
36 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews skerries bistro next door knowledgeable guide human remains worth a visit hamish otters bedrock discovery challenges claustrophobic excavation tomb talk finds discoveries passage
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 36 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I arrived in time for lunch, and what a good lunch it was. I am a coeliac on a strict gluten free diet and my wife is a vegetarian. The owner and her staff could not have been more interested or helpful...More

Thank peters12342013
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Lovely guide, it was a bit disconcerting to be looking at bones outwith the burial though. They really should be replaced.

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed August 6, 2018

What made this stand out was the excellent talk by Chris the guide which made it all come to life. Much better than the interpretation boards you get at other sites like this.

Thank Calum M
Reviewed July 26, 2018

We visited twice, one to lunch and the next to visit the tomb and lunch as the food was so lovely. We arrived in the middle of a tour so we had coffee while we waited and also booked a table to eat after our...More

Thank Sheila C
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Although it doesn’t look like much this tomb is worth seeing. The tomb was discovered fairly recently in 2009 and research is still being carried out but it is potentially one of the significant Neolithic sites on Orkney. It’s a shame that the owner doesn’t...More

1  Thank MarciaBrown
Reviewed July 2, 2018

Sorry I never give any poor rating anywhere - but since I was not even allowed (so to speak) to stay I have no other choice. I arrived straight of the ferry and my first stop was the Tomb of the Otters as I missed...More

2  Thank R_G_Baker
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

I stayed in the cottage for a week with some friends, and had a great time. The cottage was homey, the bistro has great food, and the tomb was the highlight of my visit. The week we were there, a lady came to see the...More

1  Thank pantarahslayer
Reviewed June 30, 2018

I arrived late having missed the last official tour of the day. However, a young girl working in the restaurant went to check with the guide whether or not I would be able to join just for the tour of the tomb and miss the...More

1  Thank Amelia H
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Today I went to the Tomb of the Otters, having read about this site over the past couple of years I was incredibly excited at the oppertunity to see it however, that didn't happen instead I was met at the door by a mam who...More

3  Thank stephaniefindlay7
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Tours limited to 2/3 people at a time as this is the most who can squeeze into the "open" part of the tomb as the remainder is still "occupied" . So very much work in progress with a few artifacts which may be handled. Our...More

Thank AllanAB15
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
The Creel B&B
60 reviews
5.70 miles away
The Sands Hotel
213 reviews
6.92 miles away
Castle Arms Hotel
302 reviews
12.86 miles away
The Foveran
146 reviews
14.80 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 8 nearby restaurants
107 reviews
5.63 miles away
The Sands Hotel
23 reviews
5.64 miles away
The Sands Hotel
105 reviews
6.90 miles away
Stacks Coffee House & Bistro
250 reviews
8.46 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 8 nearby attractions
Tomb of the Eagles
427 reviews
.82 miles away
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
175 reviews
7.91 miles away
Duncansby Head
573 reviews
8.28 miles away
Great Orkney Tours
86 reviews
8.75 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Ellen C
February 10, 2018|
Response from Carole1953 | Property representative |
Hi Ellen. It takes around 45 minutes from the start of the tour. There is a presentation and then you are taken into the tomb. There are no set times - so when a tour finishes, the next begins. If you need any further... More