Plan your visit
Access to Maeshowe Chambered Cairn is by guided tour only. starting and finishing at the Visitor Centre at Stenness. Due to limited capacity, it is strongly recommended to reserve your tour online to guarantee entry and avoid disappointment.
For around 6 weeks in the winter (roughly from the end of November through to the middle of January, weather dependent) the setting sun aligns with the central chamber of the cairn. Visitors wishing to see the setting sun should book for the 2pm tour.
Historic Scotland Members, Explorer Pass holders and reciprocal members: Entry is free, but it is strongly recommended you make a tour reservation in advance to guarantee entry.
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Standard Admission, Member & Explorer Pass Tickets
Partner Organisation Tickets
Partner organisations include, English Heritage, Cadw and Manx Members, Young Scot, STGA and SITOA card holders.
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