Tomb of the Eagles Stone Age & Bronze Age sites & Mesolithic exhibition room

Historic Sites

Liddle, South Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17 2RW

    Enjoy a unique hands-on link to the past. Visitor Centre talks, displays & artefacts guide you through 6000 years of Orkney's pre-history since the last Ice Age. Stunning coastal walk. Gift shop, hot drinks, snacks & picnic area.

    The ‘Tomb of the Eagles’ was discovered by chance by local farmer Ronnie Simison in the 1950s and consists of an amazing collection of bones and artifacts placed here 5,000 years ago.

    Half a mile inland from the tomb is a Bronze Age site where excavations have led to important discoveries about how people lived and worked on Orkney 3,000 years ago.

    At the visitor centre you can handle some of the original artifacts found at these sites. While the gift shop offers a wide range of items including local crafts and books.

    In addition to the existing galleries focusing on the Stone Age Tomb and the Bronze Age building and burnt mound, a new extension to the Visitor Centre features the lives of Orkney’s first human settlers.

    The only permanent exhibition in the UK dedicated to exploring the submerged landscape and the hunter-gatherers who lived there, the ‘Mesolithic Orkney’ gallery showcases cutting-edge research into changing sea levels. It shows visitors how the Orkney landscape may have looked 9,000 years ago, when the first people are believed to have arrived here by boat.

    Developed as part of the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme, the new exhibition explores the changing world the hunter-gatherers knew, and how their way of life was adapted to their surroundings. The interpretation includes stunning original illustrations, which help bring the story to life, and replica objects which help visitors to understand how these early hunter-gathers lived. These show how bows, arrows and harpoons were made by the Mesolithic people.

    The new facilities at the Tomb of the Eagles visitor centre include seating for those who do not wish to go on the coastal walk out to the sites and a dedicated area with games for small children. The new room provides an indoor space for picnics in poor weather. Adjacent to this room is a drying store for wet weather gear, which can be borrowed on site free of charge if required.

    The new exhibition offers a unique insight into Orkney’s distant past, which we hope will attract both visitors and local people. It is a significant addition to the visitor experience in Orkney, and a fitting legacy for Ronnie Simison. His discovery of the Stone Age and Bronze Age sites on his land in the 1950s has evolved into one of Orkney’s leading tourist attractions.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Nov - Feb by arrangement.
    1 Nov 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
    Apr - Sep 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
    1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
    October 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
    1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

    Last tours 45 minutes before closing time.
    A relaxed tour can take up to 2 hours in order to enjoy the interpretation and walks. Tours can be tailored to suit time and mobility.

    Ticket Information
    Adult £7.00 per ticket
    Child 13+ years £3.00 per ticket
    Child 5 to 12 years £2.00 per ticket
    Concession £6.00 per ticket
    Under 5s Free

    2014 prices.
    10% Discount for groups of 10+.
    Special price for weekly tour operators who collect entrance fee before arrival - please phone for details.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Kiosk/ Shop The gift shop offers a small selection of light refreshments (Orkney ice cream, confectionery, hot and cold drinks).


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Telephone

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop Selling a wide selection of Orkney crafts.

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Indoor Play Area Toy boxes and activities for children.


    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access Assisted wheelchair access
    • Picnic Area


    • Coastal Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome Prior booking preferred. Coach parties / Groups (10+) will receive a 10% discount. Please contact us.
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Dogs Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome Groups (10+) will receive a 10% discount. Please contact us for special arrangements, coach bookings or general enquiries.
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People

    Public Transport Directions

    There is a public bus service which runs between Stromness via Kirkwall and St Margaret's Hope.  A taxi can be booked to cover the final 7 miles to the Visitor Centre.

    Alternatively, private tour operators, taxis or cars can be hired.

    By car from Kirkwall - 21.8 miles (35 min drive approx) Follow the A961 past the Highland Park Distillery towards the village of St Mary's. Continue across the 4 Churchill Barriers towards St Margaret's Hope. Follow the signs from St Margaret's Hope towards Burwick. Turn left at the 'Tomb of the  Eagles' sign. Follow the signs from here for approximately 1 mile to the visitor centre.
    Getting there by ferry:-

    By car from St Margaret's Hope Ferry Terminal - 8.4 miles (15 min drive approx). From the pier at St Margaret's Hope follow the main road through the village to meet the A961, turn right towards Burwick. After approx 6 miles turn left at the 'Tomb of the  Eagles' sign. Follow the signs from here for approximately 1 mile to the visitor centre.

    By car from Stromness Ferry Terminal - 35 miles (1 hr 25 min drive approx) take the A965 to Kirkwall, proceed to A961 road to South Ronaldsay, following directions above.

    By car/foot/cycle from Burwick Ferry Terminal - 1.8 miles (35 min walk, 5 min drive approx). Head east on the A961. Turn right at the 'Tomb of the  Eagles' sign. Follow the signs from here for approximately 1 mile to the visitor centre.


    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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