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 in July 2018 - please visit our website for details of our opening times.
Visiting the Dig - Individual visitors & family groups
Individual visitors are welcome - duirng the dig season 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.
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 during the dig with fun & activities for all the family - entrance is FREE
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!
Tour Group visits - more than 8 people
For logistical & health & safety reasons, we regret that tour 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 tour group of more than 8 people you MUST contact us well in advance by email. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
We will do our best to help but it may not be possible to allow your tour 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 http://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk
American Friends of the Ness of Brodgar Inc at http://www.nessofbrodgar.com
During the excavation a daily dig diary is updated at http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/