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. Add Skara Brae to your Stromness travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Stromness online trip itinerary maker .
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  • My second visit to Skara Brae. Amazing place. Skara Brae is an unforgettable experience for me. Downside is - I came at the height of the tourist season! Not the NTS's fault of course, but if you want...  more »
  • We visited rather late in the day and met a very helpful lady at the gate who explained the site in great detail before we walked around.  more »
  • We went without a guide and it was definitely worth while. There is an introductory film with a small museum and then the replica neolithic site. The actual site is +- 100m from the main building with...  more »
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  • Great place for a visit. The visitor centre has a small shop and cafeteria. Just outside is a replica of one of the houses that you can go inside. The actual ancient houses are just a short walk away closer to the beach on a fairly good path.
  • A well presented ancient historic site maintained and managed by Historic Scotland. The site has good accessibility with wheelchairs and mobility scooters available to borrow. This is useful as there is a moderate walk along a well maintained but undulating gravel path to reach the site proper. Unfortunately, but unavoidably wheelchair access is limited to one half of the main site, meaning anyone with mobility issues cannot see all the dwellings.
  • Undoubtedly one of the most interesting and engaging archaeological sites I've visited. Five star eatery.
  • Wonderful visit all round. The maintenance of this precious artefact, the beach and the food in the visitor centre
  • Wonderful historical site from 5000 years ago. Well worth the visit

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