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COVID-19 UPDATE: The excavations will be open to the public between June 30 and August 11, 2021.

The site will be open to the public between 9.30am and 4.30pm on weekdays, when archaeologists are working on site. There are no open days this year, and the site will be closed at weekends.

To avoid overcrowding, guided site tours will not be available and tour or coach groups will not be accepted. The viewing gallery will not be on site and a one-way system will be in operation.


The Ness of Brodgar is a thin strip of land, in the West Mainland of Orkney, that separates the lochs of Harray and Stenness.

The Ness is covered in, and surrounded by, archaeology. Until the beginning of this century, its nearest sites were the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness, both part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, but in 2002 all that changed when a geophysical survey revealed a huge complex, indicating many buildings beneath the Ness. The dense concentration of structures astonished the worldwide archaeological community.

Since then, archaeological excavations on the Ness have been revealing a large complex of monumental Neolithic buildings along with decorated masonry, pottery, stone tools, evidence of stone tiled roofing and much more.

Work to uncover the seemingly endless secrets of the site continues for eight weeks each summer, and the public are welcomed to the site to see this amazing place and to hear about it, on regular tours throughout the dig season.

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