Skara Brae & Skaill House


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

The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae lies near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill. Skara Brae is the best-preserved group of prehistoric houses in western Europe.

Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the site presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago.

Visitors can experience a vivid impression of the realities of a prehistoric village 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 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 World Heritage Site.

*** The Café at Skara Brae will be open over the Festive period on the following dates:

22nd, 23rd, 24th 27th, 28th, 29th 30th and 31st December and 3rd, 4th, 5th 6th and 7th January 2018 from 11.00-15.00 each day.

Please note that Skara Brae is closed on 25th and 26th December and 1st and 2nd January 2018. ***

Other Details

Summer opening times: 09:30 - 17:30 (last admission 4.45pm)

Skara Brae Only Winter opening times / Prices: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 (Last admission at 15:15).

Adult £6.50, Child £3.90, Concession £5.20

The café will be open daily throughout October 10:00-15:00. (Café 01856 841886)