Skara Brae, Stromness

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Must see · World heritage site · 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. 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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  • We arrived a little ahead of our pre booked slot after a beautiful drive and my wife asked to visit the loo. Even though we were the only visitors in the whole building we were told we had to go...  more »
  • You can't go to Orkney without seeing Scara Brae! You have to book in advance but everything is very well organised and safe. There were a lot of visitors but it was controlled entry and helpful...  more »
  • It's absolutely fascinating. There is lots of information and helpful staff on hand. Also, its relatively flat and therefore easy to walk on. Stunning views. More than you can handle.
  • Amazing, amazing,amazing!!what a thought to be standing on a site that our predecessors lived in thousands of years ago. Excellent facilities including toilets,cafe etc. The guide we spoke to there was an archaeological student and was very knowledgeable about findings etc. By far the best thing to see on Orkney. Overlooks a stunning beach.
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