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The car park next to the visitor centre:

  • has accessible bays
  • is level tarmac

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.

Visitor centre

Entry is via a ramp and inside is all level.

A large exhibition includes:

  • an introductory film
  • computer-based interactive experiences, showing how to make a pot and build a roof

There is an induction loop in the visitor centre/shop.


A replica of one of the houses is 5m from the visitor centre. Its entrance is low and narrow (115cm x 70cm).

From here it is 400m through a latch gate to the original houses. These can be seen from the stone and grass paths. Access to some areas is via steps (with handrails). Some interpretation boards are outside the houses.

Skaill House is 500m from Skara Brae, along a crushed stone path. The ground floor is on the level. Upper floors are reached via stairs.

Special features

Manual and motorised wheelchairs are available for visitor use on a first-come, first-served basis.


An adapted toilet is in the visitor centre. Skaill House also has an accessible toilet.


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. 

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For information on accessibility at more than 80 of our sites download our Access Guide

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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.45pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.15pm


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