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Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

This site is closed while we work hard to make sure our historic attractions can be enjoyed whilst making sure the experience is safe for everyone.

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.
T: 01856 841 815
E: customer@hes.scot
W: www.historicenvironment.scot/skara-brae/
A: Sandwick, Orkney, KW16 3LR
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