Buried for centuries beneath the sands of the Orkney coastline, the stunning Neolithic village complex of Skara Brae, by the Bay of Skaill on the Orkney mainland, was uncovered after a storm in 1850 revealing Europe's finest Neolithic settlement. Skara Brae is around 5000 years old and comprises of a wonderful semi-subterranean village that is incredibly well preserved, giving a dramatic insight into the past of our ancestors.
The Skara Brae houses are built of flat stone slabs, set into large mounds of midden (ancient household rubbish!) and linked by covered passageways. Each house is essentially a single room with stone furniture including a ‘dresser' where prized objects may have been stored and displayed, box-beds and a hearth.
Skara Brae has a visitors centre which includes an exhibition of Neolithic artifacts along with a re-constructed, roofed house giving a wonderful flavour of what ancient life may have been like at the village, before you take a short walk along the coastline towards the settlement.
Skara Brae is located on the mainland of Orkney, about 15 minutes drive from Stromness, one of the ferry arrival ports from the Scottish mainland, and about 30 minutes drive from Kirkwall, the largest town in Orkney.
If you are looking for a tour from Inverness to Orkney that includes Skara Brae then try our 3 Day Orkney and North Highland Tour.