Step back 5,000 years to explore one of Europe's best-preserved prehistoric settlements.

The Neolithic village of Skara Brae lies near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the site presents a remarkable picture of life in Orkney around 5,000 years ago.

Visitors can experience a vivid impression of the realities of a prehistoric settlement and see ancient homes fitted with stone bed enclosures, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house.

An informative visitor centre provides touch-screen presentations, fact-finding quizzes for children and adults, and an opportunity to see artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations in the 1970s.

There is also a cafe (which may have restricted opening hours in the winter) and a well-stocked gift shop selling locally-made souvenirs and crafts.

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

During the summer months (until 31 Oct) access to Skaill House is included in the ticket price.

Find out about access arrangements at Skara Brae.

Other details

We recommend booking online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry.

Opening times:

29 Mar to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm)

1 Oct to 28 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

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