Dounby is a village on Mainland Orkney located to the north of the Loch of Harray, 14 miles north west of Kirkwall.
Dounby is connected by good road networks and bus service and lies close to the famous pre-historic village of Skara Brae. This Neolithic village is the best-known of Orkney's pre-historic monuments. The extensive remains of a Neolithic fishing and farming village, Skara Brae was discovered in 1850 when a storm removed much of the dunes that covered it. The village is very well preserved, its houses huddled together and connected by passageways. There is a visitor centre (which also has a cafe), with exhibition at the site, which lies beside a cracking beach at Bay of Skaill.