Banks Chambered Tombs

Historic Sites

Banks, Cleat, St Margarets Hope, Orkney, Orkney, KW17 2RW

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

    Only discovered in September 2010 this chambered tomb is still being excavated and offers a unique opportunity to experience the reality of a Neolithic burial site. Quarried out of solid bedrock this tomb allows visitors the opportunity to see the remains of our ancestors in their final resting place as they would have been 5000 years ago! The remains include bones from adults, children and babies all interred together. Within the layers of human remains were also found otter spraint, posing many questions about the otters use of the tomb. In addition, there are Neolithic scratched stones and pottery. As the tomb is still under excavation, we can only offer a tomb tour with a guide, They will explain about the discover as well as take you inside the tomb. For those unable to see inside the tomb, there is a camera linked to the visitor centre. Price for a tomb tour is ¬£5 adult. Children are not charged.



    Opening Times
    Opening times 2016
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
    Opening times 2016
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

    Road Directions

    The tomb is situated within the grounds of Skerries Bistro on the South East corner of South Ronaldsay, 80 metres from the cliff. Take the A961 south and follow signs to Burwick. If you are in Kirkwall then you will go over the Churchill Barriers and the road will take you past St Margaret's Hope. As you get to the bottom of South Ronaldsay and before Burwick, take a left as signed for Banks of Orkney & Skerries Bistro. Follow the signs for Banks Chambered Tomb (Tomb of the Otters) from here. Open daily 10:00 - 17:00 April to October.

    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 information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • restaurant


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • all routes

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

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