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 Dragon' carving. Access is by guided tour only, starting and finishing at the Visitor Centre in Stenness, with timed ticketing.

The Visitor Centre facilities includes a visitor car park, bike storage rack and toilets.

Find out more about access arrangements at Maeshowe.

Opening times

29 Mar to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Tour times: 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm

1 Oct to 28 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Tour times: 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm

Tours must be booked online to guarantee entry and avoid disappointment.

Access to the cairn is via a low and long passageway.

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