Step back 5,000 years to explore one of Europe’s best-preserved prehistoric settlements. Once an inland village beside a freshwater loch, Skara Brae now looks out over a wide, sandy beach. Surrounded by a stunning variety of wildflowers and birdlife, a visit is an aesthetic and sensual treat.
The village was first uncovered during a storm in 1850. Ever since, Skara Brae has been a place of discovery for archaeologists, students, artists and enthusiasts.
You can follow a path overlooking these ancient buildings, still equipped with their stone furniture, and step inside a replica house to appreciate the lives of the Neolithic villagers. The visitor centre has touchscreen presentations and contains many artefacts discovered here.
In summer, the café offers a cold deli, light meals, homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. From April to October, a joint ticket gives access to Skaill House, Orkney’s finest mansion, built in the 1620s, and the home of the man who discovered Skara Brae.