• Aerial view of the Ness of Brodgar dig - image by Scott Pike

Visit the Ness of Brodgar in 2022

If you're planning a visit to Orkney next summer then make sure you don't miss out on a trip to one of the most fascinating archaeological excavations in the world.

The dig at the Ness of Brodgar is set to re-open to visitors on July 6, with members of the public able to see the site for themselves until August 17.

Organisers have confirmed the dates, which are dependent on any COVID-19 regulations or restrictions, and it's hoped that the entire complex will be open for excavators for the first time since 2019. This summer's project saw archaeologists tackle only a small section of the site.

A visit to the Ness should be on everyone's itinerary when planning an Orkney holiday. It's a unique opportunity to see history being uncovered, with 5000-year-old structures easily visible to the untrained eye. The dig is in the centre of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the likes of the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness and Skara Brae all within a few miles.

It's hoped there will be tours of the Ness of Brodgar excavations available, but this will be confirmed closer to the opening date. Keep your eye on the official website for more information. You can also find more details about visiting the site too.

In the meantime, if you want to support the project, you can buy books, postcards, replica carved stone balls and much more online, safe in the knowledge that the Ness and Orkney's amazing archaeology will benefit directly. Donations can also be made online.

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