Skara Brae

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Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.


The level, tarmac surfaced car park, next to the visitor centre has accessible bays. If visiting Skaill House, visitors with limited mobility can also be dropped off directly outside.

Approach to site

The site is 500m from the visitor centre, through a latch gate and along a crushed stone path, which is mainly resin bound.

Ear Defenders

A limited number of adult and children’s ear defenders are available at this site. Please ask a member of staff if you want to borrow them.


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 Skara Brae. 

Visiting the site

A one-way system is currently in place at Skara Brae, and staff are eager to assist any visitors with specific requirements. Please contact the site or make staff aware if you have any concerns.

  • From the visitor centre, visitors follow a 500m path of mainly bound, crushed stone. There is a timber latch gate

    The visitor centre has ramped access. Inside it is all level

    There is an adapted toilet in the visitor centre

  • Visitors follow a one-way route around the site, viewing the original houses from a path above. The paths are stone and grass. Some sections of the site path are very narrow (about 50cm)

    There are steps with handrails leading to some areas

    Members of staff on site can provide assistance if required

  • There are two benches spaced along the path to the site

  • Skaill House is 140m from Skara Brae visitor centre on a crushed stone path. The ground floor of the building is on the level. The upper floors are reached via stairs. There is a bench to the rear of Skaill House

    Please note: Skaill House is operated separately from Skara Brae. For information on Skaill House telephone 01856 841 501 or visit

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Opening times

We recommend booking online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry.

29 Mar to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm)

1 Oct to 28 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

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