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Skara Brae, Stromness
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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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  • Skara Brae predates Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt. That alone is incredible but to see the architecture of the small settlement (and the fact that it is still standing) and how the community in...  more »
  • Our group of four and a lovely and enthusiastic tour guide had the entire site all to ourselves as a large full moon came up in the horizon. I just loved it. I recommend buying the Askari Brae guide b...  more »
  • The place itself is great: a Neolithic settlement, perfectly preserved, almost on the seashore. Pity that the visit has many limitations, the length limited to not being able to get into the housing structures that are visible only from above, following a predetermined path from which you can not get out. Rebuilding the main house where you enter before visiting the archaeological site real gives an idea of how it should be, but seeing them live is different. Visit in any event not to be missed.
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  • My wife & I visited Skara Brae on our honeymoon and it was worth the visit. An interesting place to look around even if your not really into the history stuff. Might want to pick a nicer day than we did though, with the wind coming in off of Skaill bay, i don't think our feet touched the floor the whole way round the village.
  • Well worth the visit. I've always wanted to come and see this since seeing it on a documentary several years ago. Amazing to think that people inhabited this village so many thousands of years ago. Nicely set up learning center before you actually head to the site, and then a pleasant walk around the small site that gives you a birds eye view of the dwellings.
  • Super cool way to learn about humans cobbling together any resources they can. Neat beach too.
  • Stunning place. Rather small, but extremely interesting. A must see if you are at the Orkney islands.
  • Skarabrae, Maeshowe, The Stones of Stenness, The Ring of Brodgar and The Ness of Brodgar make Orkney a most magical place for anyone with an interest in history. Skarabrae is an amazingly well preserved Neolithic collection of dwellings built into the dunes. I was a smidgen disappointed visitors were not allowed to go into the 'vollage' but once you start wandering around the history of the place grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Older than the Egyptian pyramids... Wow! Definitely worth a return some day