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Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

Near Stromness
KW16 3LR

Visit the 5000 year old village of Skara Brae and see what life was like in the Stone Age. At Skara Brae you can see houses that were built before the Pyramids and Stonehenge, complete with furniture, hearths and drains.

Who lived here ? What did they eat ? What did they wear ? These are the questions that have fascinated visitors to Skara Brae since it was uncovered by a storm in 1850. Find out the answers in the visitor centre at Skara Brae. Interactive displays, original artefacts and an audio-visual presentation tell the story of the village and its people. A replica house, which visitors can enter to experience life in a prehistoric house, completes the picture.

You can visit the ancient village itself then relax in the centre's café and shop selling Orkney crafts and produce.

Skaill House

As part of your Skara Brae experience you can visit the home of William Graham Watt, the 7th Laird of Breckness Estate who discovered Skara Brae in 1850.

This important 17th-century mansion house was originally built for Bishop George Graham in 1620 and has recently been renovated and opened to the public by the present laird. Come and see the Bishop's bed, Captain Cook's dinner service from his ship the Resolution, the gun room with sporting and military memorabilia and many other items collected during the lives of the past lairds who have lived at Skaill. Skaill house offers a unique insight into Orkney history.

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19 miles north west of Kirkwall on the B9056.

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village Postcode for SatNav: KW16 3LR


+44 (0)1856 841 815
+44 (0)1856 841 501 (Skaill House)

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