Open 21 June

The cairn itself remains closed. You can book a visit to the Maeshowe Visitor Centre which will include an introductory talk highlighting Orkney's heritage and interpretation of Maeshowe Chambered Cairn.

Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in north - west Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering.

This chambered tomb, which sits on a platform encircled by a ditch, is a monument to the skill and beliefs of Orkney's people some 5,000 years ago. If you visit in midwinter and the skies are clear you can witness the central chamber illuminated by a shaft of light from the setting sun.

Maeshowe's unique story continued when it was broken into about 1,000 years ago by Norsemen. They left their mark in the astonishing runic graffiti, alongside the stunning 'Maeshowe Lion' carving. Access by guided tour only, with timed ticketing.

Visits are by guided tour only. The new Maeshowe Visitor Centre in the nearby village of Stenness is now open. Tickets can be bought and picked up here, with shuttle buses taking visitors to the site.

Other Details

Booking in advanced is required, please visit:

1 April - 30 September , 9.30am to 5.30pm.

1 October - 31 March , 10am to 4pm.

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