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Discover Skara Brae – Orkney’s Prehistoric Village

Explore a fabulously preserved Neolithic settlement.
The prehistoric village of Skara Brae, on Orkney.

Not many experiences can be compared to visiting the amazing and mysterious Skara Brae, one of the best-preserved Neolithic settlements in the whole of western Europe.

Take a trip back in time at this stone village of eight houses and experience the incredible sense of how people lived their day to day lives 5,000 years ago. Archaeologists estimate it was built and occupied from around 3180 – 2500 BC, during what’s called the Neolithic era or New Stone Age, which makes the village older than the pyramids and Stonehenge, in fact!

Perched above the beach at the Bay of Skaill, Orkney, it was discovered by a winter storm in 1850 – the sand and grass were stripped back to reveal a network of houses complete with dressers, stone beds and hearts. Circular in shape, the houses were built from slabs of stone and were supported by 2.4 m walls and were connected by covered passageways.

The uncovered structures along with the artefacts found inside are in an incredible condition, shining a light on how ancient Orcadians lived and worked. Skara Brae's remarkable survival through the ages is thanks to the design of the original builders who buried the stone-slab walls up to roof level in clay soil and waste material to provide insulation and protection from the elements.

Explore the site to learn how the Neolithic people built their homes, as well as the work they did, the tools they used, the food they ate and much, much more. Visit during a wild westerly gale for a real, invigorating Orkney experience.

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Skara Brae Prehistoric village
Sandwick,
Stromness,
Orkney,
KW16 3LR

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

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