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Following the Scottish Government's announcement our sites in mainland Scotland are currently closed. Find out more about our COVID response


Getting here

Skara Brae
KW16 3LR

National Grid reference: HY 231 188

Please be aware we're currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our telephone lines at Skara Brae. You can email with any questions.

Skara Brae telephone: 01856 841 815
Café telephone: 01856 841 886

View Skara Brae on a Google map

Journey planners

Search for National Cycle Network routes on the Sustrans website.

Plan your journey by public transport using Traveline Scotland.

Let us know if you spot one of our sites in the wrong location. You can email

Historic Scotland

Opening times

Skara Brae is in a Level 3 COVID protection area and will remain open to local visitors. Dates labelled in yellow on the calendar will be free for Orkney residents. Please book a date and time for your visit.

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

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


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Plan your visit

More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

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Learning visits

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