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Welcome to Skara Brae, a mesmerising prehistoric village located on the beautiful island of Orkney in Scotland. This remarkable site is considered one of the most well-preserved and fascinating examples of prehistoric settlement in Europe, and a must-visit for anyone interested in archaeology, history, or ancient cultures.

Skara Brae was discovered in 1850, when a powerful storm uncovered the remains of several stone structures buried beneath the sand dunes. Archaeological excavations since then have revealed a complex of interconnected dwellings, built over 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic period.

Visitors to Skara Brae can explore the fascinating ruins of these ancient dwellings, which include stone beds, dressers, and hearths, as well as a sophisticated drainage system. The village offers a unique insight into the daily lives of its inhabitants, and provides a glimpse into the sophisticated engineering and construction techniques of prehistoric times.

In addition to the village itself, visitors can also explore the adjacent Skaill House, a beautiful 17th-century mansion that offers further insight into the history and culture of the Orkney Islands. The house features an impressive collection of art and artefacts, as well as beautiful gardens that offer stunning views over the surrounding landscape.

Located on the west coast of the Orkney mainland, Skara Brae is easily accessible by car or public transportation, and is just a short drive from the charming town of Stromness.

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Open hours today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Monday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • May 30, 2024 4:39 am local time

    The information on Monty's Guide website is advisory and some places have restricted access during temporary closures or special event days. Please be sure to check the website of the place you intend to visit before travelling

Additional visitor information

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

For further information regarding opening times, please visit our website.

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