Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

Maeshowe Visitor Centre (at Stenness), Ireland Road, Stenness KW16 3LB

 

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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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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:  
Daily, 10am to 5pm
Tour times: 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Tour times: 10am, 12 noon and 2pm

Due to limited capacity, it is strongly recommended to reserve your visit online to guarantee entry and avoid disappointment.

Access to the cairn is via a low and long passageway.

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