Skara Brae

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

Skara Brae is a stone age village, a definite “must see” the site has been well looked after and there is a very good interpretive centre, cafe, a reproduction dwelling that you can go inside to experience the “almost” real thing, and what also impressed me was the time-line feature as you go round the site. There is a charge to go in and see it. I believe there are guided tours available too.

On the southern shore of the Bay o’ Skaill, in the West Mainland parish of Sandwick, it is the Neolithic village of Skara Brae – one of Orkney’s most-visited ancient sites and regarded by many as one of the most remarkable monuments in Europe.

Originally the site was set back from the shore: coastal erosion now threatens Skara Brae. The excavation of the subterranean site was to reveal that the inhabitants of “Skara Brae” had hurriedly left, for what reason we will probably never know.

In the winter of 1850, a great storm battered Orkney. There was nothing particularly unusual about that, but on this occasion, the combination of wind and and extremely high tides stripped the grass from a large mound, then known as “Skerrabra”.

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