Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round. Excavation season is May to September.

 

Overview

See archaeologists excavate prehistoric settlements that were protected by sand dunes for thousands of years until their discovery in the 1800s. 

Links of Noltland is a brilliantly preserved farming settlement dating from about 3000 BC to 1100 BC. Neolithic remains include a dozen buildings and the ‘Westray Wifie’ figurine. Grobust Bay is also home to Orkney’s largest Bronze Age settlement.

Visit from May to September, when it’s possible to see the site uncovered as excavation work continues. Links of Noltland has featured on BBC Two series Digging for Britain.

View an interactive aerial tour of the most recent excavations.

What to see and do

  • Watch excavations from May to September – check the programme before you visit
  • See parts of Orkney's largest Bronze Age settlement, which includes homes, farming fields and a graveyard
  • View three stone figurines found here – the earliest depictions of human form found in the UK – at Westray Heritage Centre
  • Take in the stunning views across the sand dunes to the Atlantic Ocean
  • Look out for seals swimming offshore