Historic Scotland
Tour Reservations and Tickets

Opening times

Visits are by guided tour only.

1 April to 30 September: 
Daily, 10am to 5pm
Last tour 4pm

1 October to 31 March:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last tour 3pm

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

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



Getting here

Maeshowe Visitor Centre at Stenness
Ireland Road
KW16 3LB
National Grid reference: HY 30268 11314
Visitor Centre telephone: 01856 851 266
Ticket information (Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm): 0131 668 8095 or email ticketing@hes.scot
View Maeshowe Visitor Centre on a Google map (visitors are taken from shuttle bus from the visitor centre to the chambered cairn)

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