Skara Brae is open with safety precautions in place. For more information on what to expect from your visit and to book tickets online in advance please visit historicreopening.scot. Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE. We have new signage on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors. We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting.
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 access to Skaill House is included in the ticket price.
Open from 28 August to 31 March, Daily, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.15pm