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Overview

Long before Stonehenge or even the Egyptian pyramids were built, Skara Brae was a thriving village. Step back 5,000 years in time to explore the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe.

First uncovered by a storm in 1850, Skara Brae remains a place of discovery today. Visit a replica Neolithic house to see how its full interior might have looked. Then follow the path that overlooks the ancient buildings, imagining what life was like for the farmers, hunters and fishermen who lived here. The prehistoric houses still contain stone ‘dressers’ and box-beds.

Skara Brae is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site

What to see and do

  • Walk around an extraordinary village – the best-preserved group of prehistoric houses in all of Western Europe
  • Explore the nine surviving Neolithic houses, all but one of which can be viewed from the path
  • View original ‘fitted’ furniture made 5,000 years ago
  • See artefacts including gaming dice, tools and jewellery on display in the visitor centre
  • Take in the stunning variety of local birdlife and wildflowers
  • Visit Skaill House, an impressive 17th century mansion, adjacent to Skara Brae
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the Neolithic settlement. Available on site
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Opening times

Skara Brae is in a Level 3 COVID protection area and will remain open to local visitors. From 24 Dec 2020 to 15 Jan 2021 entry is free. Advance booking required.

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

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

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