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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  • Homes discovered sour dunes relatively well preserved. The site is lacated in tranquil Bay. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Amazing place to be able to really feel how people lived over 4000 years ago. Guides were friendly and happy to answer any questions. The story, the reconstruction and then walk around the actual dwel...  more »
  • We visited Skara Brae out of season during a last minute trip to Orkney. My husband is a huge fan of all things history related so it was on his bucket list. When we arrived, we received a warm welcom...  more »
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  • So amazing!!! so cool that I could see this incredible village hidden from time... As if I could feel the people around me from this time..Feel so lucky to have been able to see this incredible place from back in time..Orkney is amazing!!!
  • A very interesting site with a well-preserved Neolithic village. There is a fee, but it's well worth it; your ticket also gets you into the Skaill House, a 17th-century mansion nextdoor to Skara Brae. The village is right on a spectacular beach with white sand and clear, blue water. Inside the exhibition they have some cool artifacts from the site, too.
  • See how our acesters survived and thrived. Beginning of tour informative and makes you think.
  • 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.
  • 5000 years of history. Superbly preserved
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