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Skara Brae, Stromness

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Ruin Historic Site
A Neolithic village on Scotland's scenic coast, Skara Brae is Europe's best-preserved settlement of the period. It's known as the Scottish Pompeii because of the exceptional preservation. UNESCO recognizes Skara Brae as a World Heritage Site in an area of excavation where remains of Neolithic life are still being discovered. In the on-site museum, view the runic "writings," iconic spiral designs carved in stone balls. Some scientists think these carvings are a form of the written word. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Stromness holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Skara Brae and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I've wanted to go to Skara Brae for years. What an awesome historical site - the reconstructed stone home really gives you a good idea of what life was like for these ancient peoples. We were fortunat...  more »
  • Do not miss this amazing place. Skara Brae is one of the most humbling experiences a traveller will have. The painstaking work that has gone into preserving and protecting this site is amazing, and th...  more »
  • What an excellent time we had following the path from the visitor centre, through the site itself. The reconstructed house was really interesting, and helped to understand life 5000 years ago here. Th...  more »
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  • It's not cheap but we thought it was worth every penny. The little introductory museum was interesting and not too intellectual at the same time. They reconstituted one of the houses so you can actually crouch and go in to explore, which gives you a proper sense of the space people had, although it must have been a lot darker, as it was all lit only by the fire! After that you can go out to see the actual village, and it's fascinating, and very beautiful in our opinion. The round shapes of the houses and the little passages between them, the beds, the objects... it's quite moving. Also, the ticket includes a visit to the house near the Skara Brae village, I believe that of the person who discovered it, which we thought was quite interesting too. It contains the portrait of a young boy who died in tragic circumstances and the explanation panel beside it was very emotional to read. We were actually able to visit this house the day after we visited Skara Brae because we had run out of time.
  • I visited with two adults with limited mobility, one of whom has their own mobility scooter. It was possible to access the site with this whilst borrowing a wheelchair for the second adult who has no problem walking short distances but needed assistance with the walk over rough (for them) surfaced path. As it transpires there are loaner mobility scooters available at this site which we did not need to use but it's good to know they are available if needed.
  • WOW... unreal location fantastic chance to see how life was 3500 years ago. Craftsmanship that it took to make the stone buildings is amazing, loved the way they created a timeline from current to the settlements time. Having pillars of historical events spaced out really gave an excellent concept of traveling back thru time. Wished we could have spent more time and gone down into the actual spaces. The recreation is done perfectly. Well done!
  • Amazing! I'd wanted to see Skara Brae since I was young and it lived up to my expectations. The visitors center was good and the location was hugely evocative.
  • Fascinating and fantastically preserved prehistoric village. Very reasonable price and all staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

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