Scotlands History

Skara Brae

Skara Brae, on the southern shore of Sandwick, Orkney, was a late Neolithic settlement that was inhabited between 3200 and 2200 BC. 

Eight prehistoric houses, connected by low covered passageways, have survived. The village was revealed by a winter storm in 1850. A series of archaeological excavations uncovered the Neolithic village.

Seven of the houses have stone dressers, beds and seats. The eighth building is divided into small areas and may have been used as a workshop as fragments of antler and bone were found in it.

Skara Brae is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

  • Skara Brae Neolithic village in Orkney
  • painting of Skara Brae

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Neolothic shoreside settlement - scallop shells and bone flute

Listen to scallop shells and a bone flute, sounds you might hear in a Neolithic shore-side settlement like Skara Brae.

Illustration of Skara Brae showing the buildings, the beach, crops and animals

Explore Skara Brae

Wrap up warm and go on a journey to Orkney to explore Skara Brae.