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Opening times

Visits are by guided tour only.

Tours will depart from the new Maeshowe Visitor Centre (at Stenness). It is strongly recommended to reserve tickets online to avoid disappointment.

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Access

Parking

Tormiston Mill car park (and visitor centre) is closed to the public. Visitors must park at Stenness Visitor Centre, which has accessible bays and is level tarmac. 

Visitor Centre 

Due to safety concerns the Tormiston Mill visitor centre (and car park) is closed to the public.  

Approach to site

The site is across a busy main road from the coach stop. The route to Maeshowe goes through two metal latch gates and then 400m along a path (gravel, stone and uneven grass) to another metal gate.

The route carries on down a slight incline. The final approach to the entrance gate is up a grassy slope (1:5 gradient) over a set of stone ridges.

Monument

Maeshowe has a small threshold and its entrance is low (119cm) and narrow (70cm). The entrance passage is 10m long, with a flagstone floor.

The main chamber has a gravel surface, and a metal barrier protects the walls. Electric lighting and torches are provided.

A Historic Scotland steward guides all tours. Wheelchair access is not permitted inside Maeshowe.

Surroundings

Maeshowe is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site and is surrounded by unspoilt farmland. Cattle, sheep and wildlife can all be seen in this rural setting.

Also visible from the site are the:

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome:

  • at all Historic Scotland properties
  • within roofed areas

View our access guide to find out about accessibility at more than 80 of our sites.

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