Skaill House

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Wed, 2009-11-18

This is a mansion dating from the 17th century. You will find an incredible array of items on display, including the dinner service from Captain Cook’s ship the Discovery. There is an admission charge to view the house but it is worth it. Make sure that you leave plenty of time to have a good look around. The picture on the right shows the drawing room where you will find a landscape painted by Stanley Cursiler amongst other wonderful items.

Today Skaill House is one of Orkney’s top tourist attractions and is included as a joint ticket with Skara Brae. Skaill House is open to the public from April to September. The house is also available all year for weddings and private functions. In the North Wing of Skaill House there are also two apartments available as holiday accommodation. Skaill House is ideally situated on the stunning Orkney coastline and is an excellent base for exploring Orkney, 6 miles from Stromness and 16 miles from Kirkwall.

Hours: Opening times / admission 1 April – 31 September 0930-1715, 7 days a week Closed in winter Entry part of joint ticket with Skara Brae (Historic Scotland) £6.70 adult £5.20 Concession

£3.35 child

Contact: Skaill House Mary Connolly (Manager) Tel ­ 01856 841501 Fax ­ 01856 841668

Web: http://www.skaillhouse.co.uk/

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