Plan your visit
Due to limited capacity, it is strongly recommended to reserve your visit 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 you must make a tour reservation in advance to guarantee entry.
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