The Tomb of the Eagles

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

This is a family run museum and personally I would highly recommend it! We were charged only £3 each and felt that it was worth every penny – especially as we have often paid more for much less!

As well as finding the Tomb of the Eagles extremely interesting we also had great fun when we visited it. The tour started off with a very interesting talk in the visitor centre where we were allowed to hold some of the original artifacts. Trina (Mr Simpson’s granddaughter) who gave the talk when we were there was very helpful and informative.
Being able to touch and hold the artifacts meant a lot as quite apart from the awe of holding something that old, we were able to experience the weight and balance of the different pieces which had been found in the tomb – it left us with a feeling of great respect for the people that created and used these artifacts.

After the talk, we walked to the Bronze Age house where Mr Simpson himself met us and described the different uses of the house. Again the talk was very good and also entertaining.

We then set off to the Tomb itself where you enter either by using the trolley provided (lie on the trolley on your stomach and pull yourself in – otherwise you may become stuck as I did on the way out – absolutely helpless with laughter at my ineptitude!) or use the knee pads and crawl in.

The Tomb is called the Tomb of the Eagles because of the number of Eagle Claws which were found with the skeletal remains inside the tomb.

Finally a lovely walk back along the cliffs back to the visitor center where there is a shop and lots more to look round.

Tomb of the Eagles visitor centre offers something for all ages and abilities:

  • Visitor Centre + 2 archaeological sites (Tomb of the Eagles & Bronze Age Site)
  • Crafts and Refreshments (Many made in Orkney)
  • Picnic Area
  • Activities for Children (of all ages!!)
  • Idyllic Walk – Orkney wildlife and coastal views (dogs on leads welcome)

For more information telephone: 01856 831339 or see the Tomb of The Eagles Website

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