Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

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

 

Access

Parking

Parking is available at Maeshowe Visitor Centre at Stenness, which has accessible bays and is level tarmac.

No coach parking available at Visitor Centre or nearby lay-by for coaches larger than 14 seats, please drop off and pick up visitors.

Approach to site

A shuttle bus transports visitors on a five minute journey to Maeshowe. The bus can accommodate a wheelchair (though there is no wheelchair access to Maeshowe itself), but please contact the site about this service as bus facilities may vary.

The cairn is reached across a busy main road from the coach stop. The route to Maeshowe goes through two metal latch gates and 400m along a path surfaced with gravel, stone and uneven grass, to another metal gate. It is on a slight downward slope. 

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 passage is unsuitable for wheelchairs. 

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. 

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:

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Maeshowe.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:  
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

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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