Ness of Brodgar

Monuments & Ruins

Stenness, Orkney

    The Ness of Brodgar is the excavation of a massive Neolithic walled enclosure that contains numerous well preserved monumental stone buildings on an unparalleled scale –best known from its media coverage as Orkney’s Neolithic Cathedral’.

    Excavations on Ness of Brodgar, in Stenness, will resume on Monday the 6th of July  2015, running until Friday the 28th August 23 2015

    During this time, the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) dig will be open to the public  from Wednesday the 8th July until Wednesday the 26th of August.

    The 2015 dig dates are Monday 6th July until Friday 28th August 2015

    Visiting the Dig - Individual visitors

    Individual visitors are welcome - there will be FREE site tours with diggers on site from Monday to Friday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm - no need to book, just turn up. These tours start on Wednesday 8th July and run until Wednesday the 26th August.

    On Saturdays and Sundays there will be no diggers to see, but there will still be free site tours at 11am and 3pm - again just turn up.

    Open days will be held on Sunday 26th July and Sunday 23rd August 2015

    There is free car parking space at the dig on a grass field, please note vehicles are left at owners risk.

    The entrance to the dig field is very narrow and is NOT suitable for large vehicles such as camper vans - please park at the Standing Stones or Ring of Brodgar car parks and walk to the site.

    The walk through the World Heritage Site from either the Ring of Brodgar or Stones of Stenness is very pleasant and is recommended to anyone with the time.

    Please note there is NO PARKING in ANY of the passing places on the Brodgar road and you MUST NOT PARK in any of these places - Police Scotland patrol the road regularly and may well issue you with a parking fine if you are found parked illegally!

    Group visits - more than 8 people

    For logistical & health & safety reasons, we regret that groups of more than 8 people are not permitted on ANY of our regular public tours - please DO NOT just turn up!

    If you would like to visit  with a group of more than 8 people you MUST contact us well in advance by email.   

    We will do our best to help but it may not be possible to allow your group to visit depending on the availability of site staff, other booked groups etc.

    Please note that there is NO AVAILABLE PARKING FOR COACHES OR MIDI COACHES at the Ness of Brodgar and coaches MUST NOT be left in the passing places on the Brodgar road.

    For more details please visit: 

    Ness of Brodgar Trust website at

     American Friends of the Ness of Brodgar Inc at

    During the excavation a daily dig diary is updated at

    Opening Times
    Dig Opening Times 2016
    8 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016

    The excavation at the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney, will resume on Monday 6th July 2014 for 8 weeks. The public is welcome to visit when the dig is open from Wednesday 8th July until Wednesday 26th August. Please note there is nothing to see outside the dig season as the site is covered to protect it for the winter

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