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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  • I enjoyed my visit to Skaill House. There were many interesting items within the home to look at. They also had hidden items within the home for children (and adults) to look for. There was also a nic...  more »
  • We were very limited in time, but because this Homestead was one ticket with Skara Bray decided to quickly peek. But quickly failed because a very simple (albeit the largest at Orknejah) from the outside, the House was a charming inside! Start with the fact that the staff are so nice and helpful, that you forget that only a tourist feel like a guest. And ending with a nice inscription "thank you leave" (instead of the annoying "hands do not touch!"). Manor House, you can see that is supported with love and care to things, in the end it would be desirable to consider here each trifle (the benefit is which). Recommend a trip to Skara Brae Bray necessarily found time to visit and Skaill House, will not regret
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  • Lovely Skaill House is a well preserved mansion near Skara Brae. Well worth the effort to visit and wander through the rooms and gardens of this lovely old house.  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!
  • A interesting place to visit that was included with my ticket to Skara Brae. I wouldn't consider this place worth the price of admission on its own but as an interesting side trick it's worth a look.
  • Unexpected grand house in stunning location.
  • 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
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