Special arrangements are currently in place at Skara Brae, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
- Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
- We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
- In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)
What will be open during your visit
- External spaces
- Most internal spaces open to visitor access (except Replica House)
- Visitor centre
- Exhibition (partially open)
- A Tuk Tuk serving coffee, cake and soft drinks from 10am to 2.30pm. View the menu
- Toilets available (limited capacity for physical distancing)
- Mobility scooters
What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit
In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, 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.
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
The replica house here will not be open at this time
- 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 www.skaillhouse.co.uk