Skaill House, Stromness

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Skaill House is a historic manor house in Sandwick parish on Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands. The house overlooks the neolithic site, Skara Brae, and the Bay of Skaill.In 1977, the house was included in the List of Scottish Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.HistorySkaill House is situated near to the site of Skara Brae, and the lands were in use from neolithic times. Various finds from the Bronze- and Iron Ages show continuing use. The name Skaill derives from the Old Norse word for "hall". The names of all the surrounding farms are also derived from that language, and it is presumed that the lands have been permanently settled for over a thousand years.After the execution of Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney for treason in 1615, the lands were given to the Bishop of Orkney. In 1620, Bishop George Graham constructed a simple manor house, the first part of what is now Skaill House. His son became the laird of the estate, and the property was from that time passed down to succeeding lairds.
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  • The house is free to view if you buy a ticket for the neolithic site. The first floor gives off a ship-like impression and the rooms have cards from which you can read for extra information. The inter...  more »
  • The price of the ticket for Scara Brae includes a tour of Skaill House. Worth a visit with lots of history - about 45 minutes should be allowed for this  more »
  • I did not visit Skaill House itself but went to the falconry centre within the grounds - I was with a large number of young people and the staff were super with them. Run by an enthusiastic, friendly ...  more »
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  • Interesting look around. Nice to see some 'down to earth' books in the library, including my favourite, Three Men in a Boat. The exhibition including photos of the Queen Mother's visits and some of the archaeological finds from the estate are interesting. You can hear the wind whistling down the chimneys on a windy day!
  • Its Ok for a little look around, and since it is included with the access to Skara Brae to defiantly take a look
  • Not a must see but seeing as it's part of the Skara Brae entry free, it's worth a look. The plate set from Captains Cook's voyage is interesting to see and if nothing else, it gets you out of the wind coming in off Skaill Bay
  • Honestly, I came to see Skara Brae last summer, but Skaill house was much better.
  • It's OK, worth a quick look if you're visiting Skara Brae. There a dinner set from Captain Cook's last voyage, and some other interesting old antiques.

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